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The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications

Janet Wasko, Graham Murdock & Helena Sousa (Org.)

2011 | London: Blackwell Publishing, IAMCR


Janet Wasko, Graham Murdock & Helena Sousa (Org.)

London: Blackwell Publishing, IAMCR

Over the last decade, political economy has grown rapidly as a specialist area of research and teaching within communications and media studies and is now established as a core element in university programmes around the world. The Handbook of Political Economy of Communications offers students and scholars a comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date and accessible overview of key areas and debates in the field.

This contemporany guide to political economics of communication combines authoritative overviews of core ideas with new case study materials and the best of contemporary theorization and research. Including newly commissioned essays by the best-known scholars in the field, this handbook explores and interrogates different approaches and problematic across different political and cultural regions, and offers a theoretical map of the field, both historically and conceptually


Notes on Contributors


Series Editor's Preface




Introduction: The Political Economy of Communications: Core Concerns and Issues (Janet Wasko, Graham Murdock, and Helena Sousa)


Part I Legacies and Debates


1 Political Economies as Moral Economies: Commodities, Gifts, and Public Goods (Graham Murdock)


2 The Political Economy of Communication Revisited (Nicholas Garnham)


3 Markets in Theory and Markets in Television (Eileen R. Meehan and Paul J. Torre)


4 Theorizing the Cultural Industries: Persistent Specificities and Reconsiderations (Bernard Miège (translation by Chloé Salles))


 5 Communication Economy Paths: A Latin American Approach (Martín Becerra and Guillermo Mastrini)


Part II Modalities of Power: Ownership, Advertising, Government


6 The Media Amid Enterprises, the Public, and the State: New Challenges for Research (Giuseppe Richeri)


7 Media Ownership, Concentration, and Control: The Evolution of Debate (John D. H. Downing)


8 Maximizing Value: Economic and Cultural Synergies (Nathan Vaughan)   169
9 Economy, Ideology, and Advertising (Roque Faraone)   187
10 Branding and Culture (John Sinclair)  206
11 Liberal Fictions: The Public–Private Dichotomy in Media Policy (Andrew Calabrese and Colleen Mihal)   226
12 The Militarization of US Communications (Dan Schiller)   264
13 Journalism Regulation: State Power and Professional Autonomy (Helena Sousa and Joaquim Fidalgo)   283
Part III Conditions of Creativity: Industries, Production, Labor   305
14 The Death of Hollywood: Exaggeration or Reality? (Janet Wasko)  307
15 The Political Economy of the Recorded Music Industry: Redefinitions and New Trajectories in the Digital Age (André Sirois and Janet Wasko)  331
16 The Political Economy of Labor (Vincent Mosco)  358
17 Toward a Political Economy of Labor in the Media Industries (David Hesmondhalgh and Sarah Baker)   381
Part IV Dynamics of Consumption: Choice, Mobilization, Control  401
18 From the "Work of Consumption" to the "Work of Prosumers": New Scenarios, Problems, and Risks (Giovanni Cesareo)   403
19 The Political Economy of Audiences (Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers)  415
20 The Political Economy of Personal Information (Oscar H. Gandy, Jr.)  436
21 The Political Economy of Political Ignorance (Sophia Kaitatzi-Whitlock)  458
Part V Emerging Issues and Directions  483
22 Media and Communication Studies Going Global (Jan Ekecrantz)   485
23 New International Debates on Culture, Information, and Communication (Armand Mattelart (translation by Liz Libbrecht))   501
24 Global Capitalism, Temporality, and the Political Economy of Communication (Wayne Hope)   521
25 Global Media Capital and Local Media Policy (Michael Curtin)   541
 26 The Challenge of China: Contribution to a Transcultural Political Economy of Communication for the Twenty-First Century (Yuezhi Zhao)  558
Name Index   583
Subject Index   596