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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.

Structuration: Class, Gender, Race, Social Movements, Hegemony
Structuration: Class, gender, race, social movements, hegemony

What is more influential: society or the individual? Are we the product of impersonal structures or are they dependent on us? Do we make history or does history make us? These are enduring questions that have perplexed philosophers and casual observers of social life for centuries. This chapter returns to them because political economy offers important insights and because they offer an opportunity to extend our theory of political economy by building a bridge to social structure and human agency. Moreover, just as spatialization provided a connection between political economy and geography structuration connects political economy with sociology. Political economy starts from an encounter with the economic issues raised by commodification and ...

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