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Media, Democracy and Social Change

Media, Democracy and Social Change
Re-imagining Political Communications

September 2020 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In an age of ‘fake news’ and Facebook algorithims, it can be tempting to see politics now as all mediation. But there’s more to Trump than Twitter.

This much-needed text puts politics back into political communications, refocusing on on the broader context of neoliberal capitalism that remains essential for understanding what political communications is, and can hope to be. We have to engage with democracy and capitalism, not just the digital ecology of social media, because focusing on the communicative can risk downgrading the political.

Focusing on broad themes of structural inequality, technological change, political realignment and social transformation, Fenton and Davis explore political communications as it relates to debates around the state, infrastructures, elites, populism, political parties, activism and social movements, the legacies of colonialism, and more.

This book provides both an expert introduction to the field of political communications, and a critical intervention to help re-imagine what a democratic politics might mean in a digital age, and a result it serves as essential reading for students, researchers and activists across both media and communication studies and politics. 
Chapter 1. Putting Politics Back Into Political Communications
Chapter 2. Infrastructures of Political Communications
Chapter 3. The State of Political Communications
Chapter 4. Elites, Experts, Power and Democracy
Chapter 5. Democracy without Political Parties?
Chapter 6. The Violence of an Illiberal Liberalism
Chapter 7. Political Communications, Civil Society and the Commons
Chapter 8. Intellectuals and the Re-imagining of Political Communications

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Aeron Davis

Natalie Fenton

A leading in the field, Natalie Fenton is Reader and Co-Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, and co-Director of the new Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. More About Author

Gholam Khiabany

Des Freedman

Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of 'The Contradictions of Media Power' (2014) and the 'The Politics of Media Policy' (2008) and co-author (with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) of 'Misunderstanding the Internet' (2016). Co-edited collections include 'Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives; (2012) and 'War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7' (2003) with Daya Thussu; 'Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives' (2016) with Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens and Robert McChesney; and 'The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance' (2011)... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781526456960