1st Edition

Political Economy of Media and Communication Methodological Approaches

    400 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    400 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The first book dedicated specifically to research methods in the political economy of media and communication, it provides a methodological toolkit to investigate the functioning of media, technology, and cultural industries in their historical, institutional, structural, and systemic contexts.

    Featuring contributions from across the globe and a variety of methodological perspectives, this volume presents the state of the art in political economy of media and communication methods, articulating those methods with adjacent approaches, to study concentration of ownership and power, pluralism and diversity, regulation and public policies, governance, genderization, and sustainability. This collection charts the methodological innovations critical political economists are adopting to analyse a rapidly transforming digital media landscape, exploring ideology, narratives, socio-analysis and praxis in communication with ethnographic and participatory approaches, as well as designs for quantitative and qualitative methods of textual, discourse and content analysis, network analyses, which consider power relations affecting communication, including intersectional oppressions and the new developments taking place in artificial intelligence.

    An essential text for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students, and researchers in the areas of media, cultural and communication studies, particularly those studying topics such as the political economy of media and/or communication, media and communication theory, and research methods.

    Foreword Janet Wasko  Introduction Thomas F. Corrigan and Francisco Sierra Caballero, Rodrigo Gómez,and Joan Pedro-Carañana   Part I: EPISTEMOLOGY OF THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION Introduction Thomas F. Corrigan  1. Rethinking “method” in the political economy of media and communication: A realist perspective Thomas F. Corrigan  2. A historical-structural approach to media research Enrique E. Sánchez-Ruiz  3. Internet policy research: Critical epistemological and methodological considerations Robin Mansell  4. Who knows? Feminist epistemologies, gendered labor, and a political economy of communication Micky Lee Part II: INSTITUTIONAL AND STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS  Introduction Rodrigo Gómez  5. With history at its core: Making a case for historical methods in critical political economy Mandy Tröger  6. Political Economy of Communication and Network Analysis Rodrigo Gómez and Ben Birkinbine  7. Audiovisual diversity and subscription video-on-demand services: Mapping the territory in Spain Josep Pedro and Luis A. Albornoz  8. Measuring media pluralism in informative TV programs through a multidimensional multi-scope instrument Chiara Sáez Baeza  9. The framework of analysis as integrative scaffolding for our research  Argelia Muñoz Larroa  10. Political economy and critical studies of advertising and media industries Jonathan Hardy  Part III: ANALYSIS OF IDEOLOGY, SOCIO-ANALYSIS AND PRAXIS  Introduction Joan Pedro-Carañana  11. Quantitative and qualitative content analysis in political economy research: A systematic review of strategies, methods, and techniques Florian Zollmann  12. Elite news content (still) matters now more than ever before: Social movements, social media, elite news media, and the media dependence model Andrew Kennis  13. The dialectical model of social mediation and its methods for researching the social production of communication Joan Pedro-Carañana  14. Structure meets agency: Political economy and ethnography Olga Lucía Sorzano and Toby Miller  15. Participatory action research in political economy: Researchers’ commitment to communication democratization and social justice Adilson Vaz Cabral Filho  16. A methodological proposal for the analysis of the Political Economy of Communication from an intersectional feminist perspective M. Cruz Tornay-Márquez  Part IV: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EMERGING CHALLENGES  Introduction Joan Pedro-Carañana  17. Artificial intelligence and technological accelerationism: A critique of cybernetic ideology  Francisco Sierra and Daniela Inés Monje



    Joan Pedro-Carañana is a associate professor in the Department of Journalism and New Media at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

    Rodrigo Gómez is a professor in the Department of Communication at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Mexico and and a Maria Zambrano Fellow at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.

    Thomas F. Corrigan is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino, USA.

    Francisco Sierra Caballero is a senior researcher and professor of communication theory in the Department of Journalism at the University of Seville, Spain.

    “This book provides an invaluable insight into the long-awaited answer to ‘how do I research this?’ from a critical Political Economy of Media and Communication perspective (PEMC). It allows not only to apply the key methodological and epistemological tenets of PEMC but also to counter its all too often misrepresentation by guardians of corporate power.” - Ana I. Segovia Alonso, Associate Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

    “For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of PEC and its methodologies, this book is an indispensable companion. It delves into the types of sources PEC scholars rely on, the methodologies they employ for data collection, and how they skilfully employ history and theory to make sense of their findings. Furthermore, it provides a thoughtful examination of how political economists engage with complementary approaches and the philosophical assumptions guiding their choices. Its multifaceted exploration of the field's core components and evolving directions make it an essential read for both students and seasoned scholars. I enthusiastically recommend this book as an essential resource for anyone interested in the intricate world of political economy of communication (PEC).” - Benedetta Brevini, Associate Professor, University of Sydney and New York University