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.
Chapter 4: The Development of a Political Economy of Communication
The Development of a Political Economy of Communication
Chapter 4 starts by defining communication and proceeds to consider the social and intellectual context that gave rise to a political economy of communication. Chapters 5 and 6 describe and analyze research in the political economy of communication, making use of the growing body of literature in the field, discussions with many of its key figures, and over three decades of my own encounter with the political economy of communication.
One of the major conclusions from this assessment is that the political economy tradition, spanning principally Marxian and institutional approaches, has produced a substantial research record, well out of proportion to the organizational support it has received. Although the number of ...