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  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.


The final section deals with a central aspect of a critical political of communications—the ways in which ordinary people resist media dominance through public campaigns such as the right to information and community radio movements and build another communications order based on access, justice and freedom. Resistance is the key to social change. Both Chapters 10 and 11 foreground the fact that India has been the location for many traditions of resistance media and that these expressions, at specific times, have invigorated democracy and democratic futures. The case of the right to information (RTI) movement that began in a handful of villages in Rajasthan and became a national movement exemplifies the value of grassroots, need-based solutions. I contrast this movement with the community radio ...

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