- Robert W. McChesney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"A contemporary classic of media studies. Vincent Mosco, among the leading media scholars of our or any time, brings his searing insights and crystal prose to bear on the latest issues and debates of the field… An indispensable resource for researchers, activists, and students everywhere."
- Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside
Since publication of its first edition, The Political Economy of Communication has established itself as a true classic and one of the most important contributions to the field. This second edition has been thoroughly restructured, updated and expanded to make it an indispensable text for students and scholars alike. Putting the student at the centre of its updates, this book:
- Maps the definitions and foundations of political economy
- Adds 3 new chapters to explore current trends, from feminism and labour to new media, forms of resistance, media reform and democracy
- Illustrates throughout how power operates across the 21st century media landscape
- Explores key issues in how media power intersects with globalization, social class, race, gender and surveillance
- Shows media students why it is essential to understand political economy and its application to media and communication.
A line by line update of the 1996 First Edition, this Second Edition has been thoroughly revised, restructured and rewritten. Specific changes include:
• A introductory overview chapter
• Part One is now expanded into five chapters
• A new chapter (Chapter 6) addressing five current trends in the political economy of communication
• Chapter 7 begins with a new section on the philosophical foundation upon which to build a theory of the political economy of communication
• Chapter 8 gives more weight to the concept of globalization and its relationship to nationalism, terrorism, and fundamentalism
• Chapter 9 pays, greater attention to labor and to differences within the study of social class, gender, and race