• This is a big-name author team. All are well-known critical scholars and activists. • Media and politics is a fast-moving field, so a cutting-edge intervention like this will be well-received. • As much as this is a “statement” title from leading academics, the ideas have also been used in the authors' PG teaching. This is a “supp” title that could reach any and all pol comms and media/politics reading lists.

Intellectuals and the Re-imagining of Political Communications

Intellectuals and the re-imagining of political communications


In much of the scholarship of political communications, it is agreed that the field is going through a paradigmatic shift. Yet the crisis of political and civic communication is almost exclusively discussed with reference to technological developments, the fragility of top-down political communication systems, and an end to the imaginary uniformity of politics and political communications itself (Blumler and Coleman, 2015). As such, remedies to the crisis – invariably framed as ‘rethinking', ‘revisiting', ‘reconceptualising’ and so on – treat the crisis as if researchers themselves are immune from, or at least not part of, the problem. Politics of course was never about the ‘hall of fame’ (to use E.P. Thompson's ...

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