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 6: The Political Economy of Communication Today
The Political Economy of Communication Today
Chapter 4 addressed the social and intellectual influences on political economy research and Chapter 5 took up the process of building a foundation. This chapter addresses five trends in current research.
One of the most significant developments in the last decade or so of political economy research in communication is the sheer volume of material. When I wrote the first edition of this book in 1996, it was possible to map out the field in a few chapters. That is no longer possible because the quantity of good research has expanded substantially. A complete accounting today cannot be contained within the pages of one book. It calls for something more like an encyclopedia. However, it ...