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Marxism and Media Studies: Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends

Mike Wayne (Author)
Although media studies are a popular academic discipline, there are remarkably few books that analyse it from a specifically Marxist perspective. This book is ideal for all students of media studies who are interested in bringing a radical political methodology to bear on their work. Mike Wayne presents 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. Re-examining 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 specters in such films as The Others, The Devil's Backbone and Dark City, which illuminates 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 marginalisation 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.
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Bibliographic information

Title Marxism and Media Studies: Key Concepts and Contemporary Trends
Author Mike Wayne
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.11.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aakar Books
Language: English
isbn 9350020173
length x+290p.