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The Political Economy of Communication provides a thorough coverage of an important area of communication studies: the political economy approach to media.

This highly successful text has been thoroughly updated, restructured and rewritten in this new edition, clearly demonstrating how power operates across all media, from newspapers to Facebook, and how media power intersects with globalization, social class, race, gender and surveillance.

Key Features; Provides a summary of the field of political economy, looking at its history and major schools of thought; Highlights the work of key figures and differences that established the divide between economics and political economy; Explains the necessity of media students to understand the general political economy tradition and the way in which it informs the political economy of communication; Addresses the interdisciplinary nature of the field, with its links to economics, geography and sociology, and cultural and policy studies

This book offers a unique overview of the field of political economy of communication and will be of use to upper level undergraduate and graduate students of media and communication.

Challenges on the Borders… and beyond
Challenges on the borders… and beyond

The last three chapters provided a theoretical perspective on the political economy of communication from the inside, by assessing the state of the discipline's central questions and ideas. Rethinking and renewing political economy also requires one to look outward, at the relationship between the discipline and those on its borders. Admittedly, one can map the universe of academic disciplines in innumerable ways. Political economy can be situated opposite sociology, political science, geography, and economics, among other approaches. Taking into account the central problems we have identified in a political economy of communication, it is particularly useful to locate the discipline opposite cultural studies, on the one side, and public choice theory on the other.

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