Global Communications

Toward a Transcultural Political Economy

by Yuezhi Zhao, Paula Chakravartty

Series: Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture

This provocative book takes a new approach toward understanding the uneven flows of global communications. Rather than guiding its discussion by geography, types of media, or traditional separations of power and resistance, Global Communications examines political economic power and communication in relation to historically specific encounters with modernity. It underscores lived experiences in its approach to globalization showing that the state and the market can both be sites of empowerment, just as civil society might also be a site of repression. Taking a political-economic analysis of communication and culture, this dynamic group of international authors looks beyond developments in the North American information and culture industries to map new forms of citizenship and exclusion. The chapters spotlight China, Ghana, India, Japan, Palestine, Russia, Singapore, and Venezuela, and foreground the transnational formations of the European Union, the pan-Arab and Spanish-speaking markets, and civil society actors in sub-Saharan African, the Middle East, and North America. Theoretically driven and empirically grounded, Global Communications defines communication broadly to include production, circulation, and consumption and addresses urgent questions about the inequalities of globalization and the possibilities of hybrid cultural forms and practices.


In The Press

The goal of combining empirical study with theoretical analysis of state, market, and civil society that approaches the problematic through lenses that unveil and critique social inequalities . . . is refreshingly incisive. . . . The volume reads as an explicitly fused and persuasive effort of engaged scholarship.


About The Author

Paula Chakravartty is associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of several articles on the political economy and culture of high-tech development in India, as well as on migration, labor, and nationalism in India and the U.S. She is the coauthor of Globalization and Media Policy and her current research focuses on the politics of info-development and civil society in Brazil and India.

Yuezhi Zhao is professor of communication and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is the author of Media, Market, Democracy in China and Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict, coauthor of Sustaining Democracy? and coeditor of Democratizing Global Media.