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.
- 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.
A line by line update of the 1996 First Edition, this Second Edition has been thoroughly revised, restructured and rewritten. Specific changes include:
• A introductory overview chapter
• Part One is now expanded into five chapters
• A new chapter (Chapter 6) addressing five current trends in the political economy of communication
• Chapter 7 begins with a new section on the philosophical foundation upon which to build a theory of the political economy of communication
• Chapter 8 gives more weight to the concept of globalization and its relationship to nationalism, terrorism, and fundamentalism
• Chapter 9 pays, greater attention to labor and to differences within the study of social class, gender, and race