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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.

The Political Economy of Communication: Building a Foundation
The political economy of communication: Building a foundation

The foundation for a political economy of communication was established from the years immediately following World War II to about 1980. This chapter tells the story of this early development, beginning with key figures and ideas from North America and Europe. The chapter concludes by addressing the political economy of communication in the rest of the world, particularly in those societies that comprised what we once called the Third World. Given the numerous difficulties with that term, particularly since the fall of the Soviet Union, once the anchor of a Second World, it is more useful to simply refer to the developing world.

North American Origins

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