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Political Economy of Communications in India

Political Economy of Communications in India
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

First Edition
  • Pradip N. Thomas - Associate Professor, School of Communication and Arts (SCA), University of Queensland

July 2010 | 288 pages | SAGE India
This book is a critical study of the political economy of communications in India. It explores the ways in which contexts, structures, policies and processes at national and international levels shape media structures and explores how a political economy-inspired approach can be used to understand both media dominance and resistance. It deals with a variety of issues that are key to understanding the political economy of communication—from intellectual property to audio-visual trade and media ownership, liberalisation, privatisation, and media politics.
Foreword by DAYA THUSSU


An Introduction to the Political Economy of Communications

The Political Economy of Communications in Colonial India: Mass communication and the empire

The Political Economy of Communications in Post-Colonial India: 1948-1985

The Political Economy of Communications in the New India: 1986 to Present

The Great Indian Copyright Conundrum

The Political Economy of Audio-Visual Trade

The Informationalisation of Life Processes: Biotechnology, IT and life as code

Christian Fundamentalism and the Media: The case of Christian broadcasting in India

Poverty and the Media

Community Radio and the Right to Information Movement in India

Beyond the Dominant Paradigm of Communication Rights: Operationalising communication rights in India



Pradip Ninan Thomas is one of the foremost international experts on the political economy of communications and information…In this new book, he clarifies and explicates a rich tradition of indigenous, information-focused activism against the prevailing neoliberal order and calls for scholars to embrace not only critique but advocacy. A signal achievement!

Dan Schiller
Professor of Communication, Professor of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Thomas has deftly divided the book into three sections. The first section deals with the history of structures, the second with processes and means, and the third with resistance. Serious scholars, media professionals and policymakers would benefit abundantly from this work.


Pradip Ninan Thomas

Pradip Ninan Thomas is an internationally recognised scholar and academic, and is currently based at the School of Communication & Arts (SCA), University of Queensland. He has published widely in areas including communication and social change, the political economy of communication, media and religion, and Indian media. He has published in the world’s top ranked journals including the Journal of Communication, Media, Culture & Society; the International Communications Gazette; the International Journal of Communication; and the European Journal of Communication along with key Indian ... More About Author

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