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International Communication: A Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Daya Kishan Thussu


592 pages

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This comprehensive Reader brings together seminal texts in media and communication from both traditional as well as more recent scholarship.

Readings are drawn from an international range of scholars and organized to reflect the growing internationalization of the field, with clearly defined sections covering key aspects of global communication. In addition to the core academic readings, key policy documents are also included to demonstrate the development of the political, economic and technological infrastructure that underpins the global system of media and communication.


'Instructors and students will find this blend of golden classics and recent work very handy. The inclusion of fugitive historical documents from intergovernmental conferences is particularly helpful.' - Bella Mody, deCastro Chair in Global Media, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

'As the field of communication studies expands and internationalizes, there is a growing need of global resource material. Daya Thussu has brought such material together in a Reader that will prove invaluable for teaching on the political, economic, cultural and technological dimensions of global communication. Not only a 'must read' but also a 'must use'. Highly recommended!' - Cees J. Hamelink, Professor Emeritus of International Communication, University of Amsterdam

'In this magisterial collection, Professor Thussu helps ground a discipline and frame a way of thinking about the global, the international, and the extraordinary significance of the changing empire of communications and society.' - Monroe Price, Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA

'To meet increasing needs in class materials, Daya K Thussu's edited volume, International Communication: A Reader, undoubtedly provides a wealth of resources. … Offering diverse perspectives, Thussu's comprehensive and highly informative edited volume of twenty-seven readings brings together influential works from prominent scholars in mass media, tele-information, political science, sociology, anthropology, and international studies. … These key readings offer a panorama of international communication, as they have shaped the advancement of scholarship in this discipline. This book is thus able to help instructors and students develop an understanding of significant economic, cultural, social, political, and technological issues regarding the continually growing field of communication in a global context.' - Gang "Kevin" Han, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator

'Prepared for university courses, this edited volume is certainly among the best introductions and overviews of the subject thanks to the quality of its chosen texts. It is also well organized and highly readable.' - Gang "Kevin" Han, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator

Table of Contents

Part 1: Infrastructure for International Communication 1. Satellites and Global Communication Joseph Pelton 2. The Global Network Society Manuel Castells 3. Impact of WTO on Global Communication Eli Noam 4. Global Media Policy Marc Raboy Part 2: Theoretical Terrains 5. Media and Modernization Daniel Lerner 6. Communication and Post-Colonialism Raka Shome & Radha Hegde 7. Development Communication Srinivas Melkote 8. Communication and Digital Capitalism Dan Schiller Part 3: Global Media Systems 9. Media Imperialism Oliver Boyd-Barrett 10. Homogenizing Media Cultures? Daniel Hallin & Poulo Mancini 11. The Global Media System Robert McChesney 12. Contra-flow in Global Media Daya Thussu 13. Anglo-American Media in Decline? Jeremy Tunstall Part 4: Dominant and Alternative Discourses 14. Cultural Imperialism Herbert Schiller 15. Communication and Cultural Proximity Joseph Straubhaar 16. The Islamic Internet Lina Khatib 17. Alternative Media John Downing Part 5: Communication and Power 18. Global Communication as Ideology Armand Mattelart 19. Communication as Propaganda Harold Lasswell 20. Soft Power Joseph Nye 21. Media and Sovereignty Monroe Price Part 6: Cultures of Global Communication 22. Global Media Consumption Elihu Katz & Tamar Leibes 23. Disjunctures of Global Culture Arjun Appadurai 24. Cultures of Diasporic Media Karim H. Karim 25. Decentred Globalization Kochi Iwabuchi 26. Hybridity and Globalization Marwan Kraidy 27. Global Creative Convergence Mark Deuze

About the Editor

Daya Kishan Thussu is Professor of International Communication at the University of Westminster in London. The founder and Managing Editor of the journal Global Media and Communication, his key publications include Internationalizing Media Studies; News as Entertainment; Media on the Move; International Communication, and Electronic Empires.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies