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The Political Economy of Communication

The Political Economy of Communication

Second Edition

April 2009 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Political Economy of Communication provides a thorough coverage of an important area of communication studies: the political economy approach to media.

This highly successful text has been thoroughly updated, restructured and rewritten in this new edition, clearly demonstrating how power operates across all media, from newspapers to Facebook, and how media power intersects with globalization, social class, race, gender and surveillance.

Key Features

  • Provides a summary of the field of political economy, looking at its history and major schools of thought
  • Highlights the work of key figures and differences that established the divide between economics and political economy
  • Explains the necessity of media students to understand the general political economy tradition and the way in which it informs the political economy of communication
  • Addresses the interdisciplinary nature of the field, with its links to economics, geography and sociology, and cultural and policy studies

This book offers a unique overview of the field of political economy of communication and will be of use to upper level undergraduate and graduate students of media and communication.

Overview of the Political Economy of Communication
What is Political Economy? Definitions and Characteristics
What is Political Economy? Schools of Thought
The Development of a Political Economy of Communication
The Political Economy of Communication: Building a Foundation
The Political Economy of Communication Today
Commodification: Content, Audiences, Labour
Spatialization: Space, Time, and Communication
Structuration: Class, Gender, Race, Social Movements, Hegemony
Challenges on the Borders … and Beyond

Vincent Mosco's heavily revised and thoroughly updated Political Economy of Communication is a masterpiece. (It) is the one single indispensable book that all media students and scholars need to read to understand this vital and growing area of research
Robert W. McChesney
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mosco has done all students of communication a great service by updating this book. It captures, summarizes and illustrates an important set of voices and arguments, key interlocutors in the ongoing effort to construct a critical theory and analytic of contemporary communication and culture
Lawrence Grossberg
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Political Economy of Communication is a contemporary classic of media studies. Now, in this comprehensively revised second edition, 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. It is a classic all over again
Toby Miller
University of California, Riverside

The new edition is updated throughout with an expansive bibliography and insights into the intersections between political economy and other disciplines such as sociology, geography, cultural studies, public choice theory and science and technology studies, among others...Mosco’s The Political Economy of Communication, second edition, is a very important resource for scholars, providing a critical and updated review of the field while proposing a forward-looking vision. The book highlights fresh potentials and the continuous relevance of the political economy approach to the study of communication. I would also recommend this as a textbook for graduate courses.

International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics

This book is a must read for students seeking a socio-economic focus on the creative and cultural sector. It is a great introduction and primer on this key emerging area.

Mr Robbie Smyth
Journalism and Media Communications, Griffith College Dublin
July 23, 2012

Mosco's second edition provides an important and significant contribution to the political economy of communication and media studies. Vanda Rideout

Dr Vanda Rideout
Sociology , Univ of New Brunswick - Fredericton
May 7, 2010

Not detailed enough for a doctoral course.

Professor Ron Cugno
Education Department, Nova Southeastern University
April 8, 2010

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Vincent Mosco

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