More than 130 years after Karl Marx’s death and 150 years after the publication of his opus magnum Capital: Critique of Political Economy, capitalism keeps being haunted by period crises. The most recent capitalist crisis has brought back attention to Marx’s works.
This volume presents 18 contributions that show how Marx’s analyses of capitalism, the commodity, class, labour, work, exploitation, surplus-value, dialectics, crises, ideology, class struggles, and communism help us to understand media, cultural and communications in 21st century informational capitalism.
Marx is back! This book is a key resource on the foundations of Marxist Media, Cultural and Communication Studies.
Christian Fuchs is professor at the University of Westminster and editor of the open access online journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. He is author of works such as Culture and Economy in the Age of Social Media or Digital Labour and Karl Marx (Routledge, 2015).
Vincent Mosco is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen's University where he was Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and head of the Department of Sociology. He is author of books such as To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World (Paradigm Publishers, 2014) and The Political Economy of Communication (Sage, 2009).
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1. Introduction: Marx is Back – The Importance of Marxist Theory and Research for Critical Communication Studies Today
Christian Fuchs and Vincent Mosco
2. Marx is Back, But Which One? On Knowledge Labour and Media Practice
3. Cultural Work as a Site of Struggle: Freelancers and Exploitation
Nicole S. Cohen
4. Against Commodification: The University, Cognitive Capitalism and Emergent Technologies
Richard Hall and Bernd Stahl
5. Communication and Symbolic Capitalism. Rethinking Marxist Communication Theory in the Light of the Information Society
6. Missing Marx: The Place of Marx in Current Communication Research and the Place of Communication in Marx’s Work
7. Did Somebody Say Neoliberalism? On the Uses and Limitations of a Critical Concept in Media and Communication Studies
Christian Garland and Stephen Harper
8. The Coolness of Capitalism Today
9. Critical Political Economy of Communication and the Problem of Method
10. “Feminism” as Ideology: Sarah Palin’s Anti-feminist Feminism and Ideology
11. Propaganda as Production
12. Updating Marx’s Concept of the Alternatives
13. Conceptualising and Subverting the Capitalist Academic Publishing Model
14. Marx, Free Speech and the Indian Media
15. The Ideology of Media Policy in Argentina
16. “Means of Communication as Means of Production” Revisited
William Henning James Hebblewhite
17. Media and Power for 21st Century Socialism in Venezuela
18. Dallas Smythe Today – The Audience Commodity, the Digital Labour Debate, Marxist Political Economy and Critical Theory. Prolegomena to a Digital Labour Theory of Value.
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