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Karl Marx’s Fifteen Key Concepts for Cultural and Communication Studies, 1st Edition

By Christian Fuchs


246 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This introductory text is a critical theory toolkit on how to how to make use of Karl Marx’s ideas in media, communication and cultural studies.

Karl Marx’s ideas remain of crucial relevance, and in this short, student-friendly book, leading expert Christian Fuchs introduces Marx to the reader by discussing fifteen of his key concepts and showing how they matter for understanding the  digital and communicative capitalism that shapes human life in 21st century society. Key concepts covered include: the dialectic, materialism, commodities, capital, capitalism, labour, surplus-value, the working class, alienation, means of communication, the general intellect, ideology, socialism, communism, and class struggles.

Students taking courses in Media, Culture and Society; Communication Theory; Media Economics; Political Communication and Cultural Studies will find Fuchs' concise introduction an essential guide to Marx.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Dialectic

3. Materialism: The Base/Superstructure-Problem

4. Commodities, Capital, Capitalism

5. Labour and Surplus-Value

6. The Working Class

7. Alienation

8. Means of Communication and the General Intellect

9. Ideology

10. Socialism and Communism

11. Class Struggles

About the Author

Christian Fuchs is a professor of media and communication studies and a critical theorist of communication and society. He is co-editor of the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique ( and author of many books, including "Nationalism on the Internet: Critical Theory and Ideology in the Age of Social Media and Fake News", "Social Media: A Critical Introduction", "Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter", "Digital Labour and Karl Marx", and "Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age".

About the Series

Key Ideas in Media & Cultural Studies

The Key Ideas in Media and Cultural Studies series covers the main concepts, issues, debates and controversies in contemporary media and cultural studies. Titles in the series constitute authoritative, original essays rather than literary surveys, but are also written explicitly to support undergraduate teaching. The series provides students and teachers with lively and original treatments of key topics in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies