Corporations and Cultural Industries: Time Warner, Bertelsmann, and News Corporation, by Scott Warren Fitzgerald, provides an introduction to the political economy of international media corporations. This text fills a fundamental gap in the critical media studies field, expanding on the relative paucity of academic studies. To ground the discussion, Fitzgerald focuses on the growth of three specific media conglomerates: Time Warner, Bertelsmann and News Corporation. Adopting an approach rooted in critical political economy, the book explains the corporations’ growth through an engagement with broader social theories: the wider conditions of capital accumulation (especially theories of corporate competition and financialization); issues of institutional logic and corporate strategies; and the role of states as regulators, mediators of opposed interests, and facilitators of corporate expansion.
The first section presents debates in social theory, addressing issues that pertain to cultural industries and dimensions in which they both challenge and extend these wider social theories. The second section presents detailed case studies of the three contemporary media ‘mega companies’ across the range of operations they coordinate, both within and outside the cultural industries. By analyzing the specifics and complexities of different media industries, Corporations and Cultural Industries examines how financialization processes re-gear the internal operations of media corporations in a manner that pits one sector against another. This book provides an in-depth study that can be used as stand-alone teaching resources or as a valuable supplement to a variety of media courses.
About the Author
Scott W. Fitzgerald is a lecturer of sociology at Curtin University of Technology.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter One: Cultural Corporations and Capitalist Imperatives
Chapter Two: Corporate Strategy and Structure in an Age of 'Paranational Hypercapitalism'
Chapter Three: Global Media, Regulation and the State
Chapter Four: Time Warner
Chapter Five: Bertelsmann
Chapter Six: News Corporation
List of References