Since the second half of the 20th century, the significance of media corporate power has been increasing in different and complex ways around the world; the power of these companies in political, symbolic and economic terms has been a global issue and concern. In the 21st century, understanding media corporations is essential to understanding the political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of our contemporary societies.
The Global Media Giants series continues the work that began in the series editors’ book Global Media Giants, providing detailed examinations of the largest and most powerful media corporations in the world.
Nintendo Playing with Power
Alibaba Infrastructuring Global China
Bertelsmann A Transnational Media Service Giant
Grupo Prisa Media Power in Contemporary Spain
Alphabet The Becoming of Google
By Randy Nichols
October 13, 2023
Originally founded in 1889 as a manufacturer of playing cards, this book examines the history and political economic status of the multinational consumer electronics and video game giant Nintendo. This book offers a deeper examination into Nintendo as a global media giant, with some of the industry...
By Hong Shen
May 31, 2023
This book examines the political-economic dynamics in the development of a leading global Internet giant: Alibaba. As both a prominent example of, as well as providing the basic infrastructure for, China’s outward expansion, Alibaba demonstrates the complex interplay between different state ...
By Guillermo Mastrini, Martin Becerra, Ana Bizberge
May 31, 2023
From its emergence as a modest newspaper to becoming the largest communication group in Argentina, and one of the main communications groups in Latin America, this book examines the media conglomerate Grupo Clarín. Guillermo Mastrini, Martín Becerra and Ana Bizberge analyze the group’s corporate ...
By Philippe Bouquillion
May 31, 2023
This book identifies and analyses the main socio-economic trends that characterize Vivendi, the French mass media conglomerate, and explores how they have oriented its development and evolution. Philippe Bouquillion explores the industrial, financial, globalization and public policy issues in the ...
By ShinJoung Yeo
November 09, 2022
An in-depth exploration of the political economy of the Chinese technology company Baidu which, along with China’s other tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, has emerged as a leading global Internet company. Baidu – not Google – is the dominant search company in China, the largest Internet market in ...
By Mandy Tröger, Jörg Becker
September 29, 2022
This book analyzes one of the largest media conglomerates worldwide, the Bertelsmann Corporation. Analyzing its history, its corporate divisions and international business relations, the book focuses on the dominant role of Bertelsmann in international media – and media services – in Europe, the ...
By Benedetta Brevini, Lukasz Swiatek
August 01, 2022
Taking a political economy of media approach, this book examines Amazon as a significant actor in the global media landscape. Amazon is mainly conceived in the popular consciousness and media commentary as a corporate body, selling products and services to individual consumers and organisations, ...
By Luis A. Albornoz, Ana Segovia, Núria Almiron
February 01, 2022
In one of the first English-language studies of Grupo Prisa, this book delivers a comprehensive and concise approach to the political, economic and social-cultural profile of one of the leading cross-media conglomerates in Europe, tracing its development from a single newspaper publisher in 1972. ...
By Min Tang
July 15, 2019
In this book, author Min Tang examines the political economy of the China-based leading global Internet giant, Tencent. Tracing the historical context and shaping forces, the book illuminates Tencent’s emergence as a joint creation of the Chinese state and transnational financial capital. Tencent...
By Micky Lee
May 20, 2019
Google is synonymous with searching, but in this innovative new research volume, Micky Lee explores how the Alphabet Corporation, now the parent company of Google, is more than just a search engine. Using a political economic approach, Lee draws on the concept of networks to investigate the growth ...