Marxism and Media Studies

Marxism and Media Studies : Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends

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Aimed at students of media studies who are interested in bringing a radical political methodology to bear on their work, this book is an accessible guide to key Marxist concepts and shows how to apply them to contemporary cultural analysis. Drawing on Marx, Lukacs, Gramsci, Habermas, Jameson and other writers, this book provides a comprehensive exposition of the key concepts required for a Marxist analysis of the media and current cultural trends. Retooling and redeeming such concepts as class, mode of production, culture industries, the state, base-superstructure, ideology, hegemony, knowledge and social interests, and commodity fetishism, this book ranges across film, television, the Internet and print media. The analysis is carefully grounded in case studies ranging from digital file swapping to Disney, from reality TV show "Big Brother" to the spirits and spectres in such films as "The Others", "The Devil's Backbone" and "Dark City", which illuminate the fetishisms of culture and society under capital. Exploring the relevance of each concept to understanding the media, Wayne explains why Marxism is an important critical methodology for the media student to engage with. He foregrounds the theoretical and political shifts that have led to its marginalization in recent years, and highlights how and why these trends are changing as once more, people return to Marx and Marxism to understand the world around them.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 164 x 238 x 28mm | 639.56g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745319149
  • 9780745319148

About Mike Wayne

Stuart Price is Principal Lecturer in Media, Film and Journalism, at De Montfort University, UK. He is the author of Discourse Power Address (2007) and a number of books on media and communication, including Communication Studies (1996). His current research project is based on an analysis of authority and the strategic ' of disorder.show more

Table of contents

Preface - from the small screen to the big picture. Class and creative labour; mode of production - technology and new media; the powers of capital - Hollywood's media-industrial complex; the state; base and superstructure - reconstructing the political unconscious; signs, ideology and hegemony; commodity fetishism and reification - the world made spectral; knowledge, norms and social interests - dilemmas for documentary; conclusion - reflections on key concepts and contemporary trends.show more

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