`This is a necessary and very original book that really does address the lack of attention to media in previous discussions about globalization' - James Lull, San Jose State UniversityThere is practically no globalization without media and communications. Yet this relationship is so obvious it is often overlooked. Rantanen challenges conventional ways of thinking about globalization and shows it cannot be understood without studying the role of the media.This book offers:- a clear and accessible overview of globalization and the pivotal role of the media- an introduction to the concepts and theories of globalization- empirical data on the production and consumption of media- a methodology for relating individual, local experiences to the global pictureRantanen has made this complex and huge subject very accessible by using personal histories and pictures to engage the reader. It will be invaluable to students in international media, cultural studies, communications and international relations.

Mediated Cosmopolitanism?

Mediated cosmopolitanism?

Kalliolle, kukkulalle rakennan minä majani.

Tule, tule tyttö nuori jakamaan se mun kanssani,

Jos en minä sinua saa, lähden täältä kauas pois,

Muille maille vierahille jotten sua nähdä vois.

(On the rock, in the field, I will build my house.

Come, sweet girl, to live with me,

If you don't like me then I will leave the realm,

To other foreign strands where I won't see you anymore.)

Traditional Finnish folk song (Virtanen and Dubois, 2000:169)

Over the last decade, several scholars (see, for example, Hannerz, 1990; Tomlinson, 1999; Beck, 2000a; 2000b) in many fields have asked whether it is possible for people to become cosmopolitans. The word ‘cosmopolitan’ comes from two Greek words, cosmos and polis. Cosmos means the universe, especially as a well-ordered whole, but also an ordered system ...

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