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This book is a critical study of the political economy of communications in India. It explores the ways in which contexts, policies, and processes at national and international levels shape media structures and studies how a political economy-inspired approach can be used to understand both media dominance and resistance.

The author explores aspects of colonial political economy and how it has shaped the structure of media in India and in many other countries. It also discusses liberalization, privatization, and media politics in contemporary India. Divided into three sections—structures, means, and resistance—the chapters focus on both the electronic and the print media.

The book would interest students and researchers of Indian media history, international communication, media and politics, sociology, and political economy.

A History of Structures
A history of structures

This section includes four chapters. It begins with an introductory chapter that explores key concepts in the political economy approach followed by three chapters that explore the history of the media from a political economy perspective during three distinct periods—colonial, post-colonial (1948–1985) and the new India (1986 to the present), the latter characterised by the country's increasing intermeshings with economic and cultural globalisation. These chapters reveal the varying impact of politics and economics on the media, the uses and abuses of media power and the ways in which the media in India have essentially remained monopolies at various times—at the behest of its colonial rulers, the State, and, in the context of twenty-first century India, the State and ...

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