Marxism and Communication Studies: The Point Is to Change It

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Overview

There is a timely and urgent need for a reasoned dialogue reassessing how Marxism can advance the study of human communication and transform the social world in which it is embedded. Indeed, ongoing world-historical events—including the vigorously organized market globalization, the corresponding insurgent global anticorporate movement, and the conflicts engendered by the U.S. invasion of Iraq—have underscored the importance of a thorough critique of global capitalism and its telecommunication technologies and practices. This important new collection, featuring essays by leading scholars and practitioners, provides a much-needed overview and assessment of Marxism's significance to contemporary thinking in communication and media studies. Contributors demonstrate how a Marxist perspective can be usefully applied to specific case studies in communication, providing valuable insights and understandings that are not obtainable using other approaches. Contributors include Henry A. Giroux, Susan Searls Giroux, Deepa Kumar, Susan C. Leggett, Peter McLaren, Vincent Mosco, David Park, Colin Sparks, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Fabiana Woodfin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820481265
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : toward conditions of our own making 1
1 On the material and the dialectic : toward a class analysis of communication 5
2 Change happens : materialist dialectics and communication studies 53
3 Media, culture, and society : the relevance of Marx's dialectical method 71
4 Revisiting the political economy of communication 87
5 Contradictions in capitalist media practices 111
6 Lost in translation : the distortion of Egemonia 133
7 The convictions of reflexivity : Pierre Bourdieu and Marxist theory in communication 157
8 Toward a political economy of culture : capitalism and communication in the sixteenth century 173
9 Communication and contradiction : living history and the sport pages of the Daily Worker 191
10 Corporate culture versus public education and democracy : a call for critical pedagogy 203
11 From the weapon of criticism to criticism by weapons : critical communication scholarship, Marxism, and political activism 217
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