Media and Politics in Latin America: The Struggle for Democracy / Edition 1

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The relationship between the mass media and political power attracts worldwide and perennial interest. It is a topic that has generated particularly heated debate in Latin America. At times, controversial attempts to enact national communication policies have radically altered the ownership of the media and the content of reporting. At others, the media have been the target of harsh censorship and virulent government repression. Media and Politics in Latin America examines the different forces that have affected the modern mass media in the region. Elizabeth Fox presents a stimulating overview of media policies, including early commercialization and government intervention, the movements for reform, the impact of the dictatorships and the recovery of democracy. Thirteen illuminating studies then trace the major themes through nine countries. Finally, the conclusion assesses the prospects for attaining the democratic goals of social equality and participation in the Latin American media. A comprehensive examination relating universal issues to specific cases in a key region, this volume will be of interest to scholars and professionals in the fields of communication, media studies, and Latin American or Third World studies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Luis Ramiro Beltran
Media Policies in Latin America - Elizabeth Fox
Mass Media and the Collapse of a Democratic Tradition in Chile - Elizabeth Fox Nationalism, Censorship and Transnational ControlCarlos Catalan
Revolution and the Press in Peru - Juan Gargurevich and Elizabeth Fox
Communication Policies in Mexico - Ruben Sergio Caletti Kaplan
An Historical Paradox of Words and Actions
Politics and Regional Television in Colombia - Elizabeth Fox and Patricia Anzola
Communication, the Church and Social Conflict in El Salvador, 1970-80 - Ricardo Sol Arriaza
Repression and Innovation under Authoritarianism - Maria de la Luz Hurtado
Dictatorship and Transition to Democracy - Heriberto Muraro
Argentina 1973-86
Brazilian Television - Cesar Guimaraes and Roberto Amaral
A Rapid Conversion to the New Order
Media, Cultural Processes and Political Systems - Oscar Landi
Communication and Politics in Uruguay - Roque Faraone and Elizabeth Fox
Between Memory and Illusion - Ingrid Sarti
Independent Video in Brazil
Bolivian Television - Raul Rivadeneira Prada
When Reality Surpasses Fiction
Conclusions - Elizabeth Fox
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