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The Media in Latin America / Edition 1

The Media in Latin America / Edition 1

by Jairo LugoJairo Lugo


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"Ably edited, this volume offers an unusually wide-ranging collection of well-informed chapters by experts from across the region. For those who want to understand the current realities that shape media performance from the Gulf of Mexico to the Tierra del Fuego, here is the ideal starting-point."

Professor Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow, UK

"For those of us in the area of Latin American studies, this text comes to fill a gap in the field, both in terms of teaching and research."

Charles Jones, Centre of Latin American Studies,University of Cambridge, UK

"More than an introduction, it provides a comprehensive insight into the modern Latin America media landscape."

Ramesh Jaura, Chairman of the Global Cooperation Council and Euro-Mediterranean coordinator of the IPS News Agency

The media's role as a mechanism of control throughout Latin America has become increasingly sophisticated. Many repressive elements of the dictatorship periods have remained in place or have mutated into more subtle means of censorship and control. Media owners and political elites are more than keen to use the media's increasingly prominent role in framing politics in the region, in order to pursue their own agenda and interests.

This book provides a comprehensive and critical overview of some of the most important media systems in Latin America. Drawing on original and critical essays from some of the most prominent authors in the field, the author approaches the subject with a country-by-country analysis, exploring the most relevant aspects of the media in each society. The essays cover:

  • Media history
  • Organisation
  • The interrelationship of the media and the state
  • Media regulation and policy and ownership
  • Broadcast media
  • Film, music, advertising and digital media

    The Media in Latin America is valuable reading for students of media and journalism studies.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780335222018
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
    Publication date: 09/28/2008
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 296
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

    About the Author

    Jairo Lugo-Ocando is a lecturer in Journalism Studies in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism at the University of Stirling, UK. His research interests include media and democratisation in South America and digital technologies and development policies.

    Table of Contents

    The contributors

    An introduction to the maquilas of power: media andpolitical transition in Latin America
    The media in Argentina: democracy, crisis and thereconfiguration of media groups
    The media in Bolivia: the market-driven economy,‘shock therapy’ and the democracy that ended
    The media in Brazil: an historical overview of Brazilianbroadcasting politics
    The media in Chile: the restoration of democracy and thesubsequent concentration of media
    The media in Colombia: beyond violence and amarket-driven economy
    The media in Costa Rica: many media, scarce communication
    The media in Castro’s Cuba: every word counts
    The media in Mexico: from authoritarian institution tohybrid system
    The media in Nicaragua: an escape valve for a dysfunctionaldemocracy
    The media in Paraguay: from the coverage of politicaldemocracy to the obsession with violence
    The media in Peru: the challenge of constructing ameaningful democracy
    The media in Venezuela: the revolution was televised, but no one was really watching
    Beyond national media systems: a medium for Latin America and the struggle for integration


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