1st Edition

The Travels of Media and Cultural Products Cultural Transduction

By Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed Copyright 2024
    110 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents the Cultural Transduction framework as a conceptual tool to understand the processes that media and cultural products undergo when they cross cultural and national borders.

    Using a series of examples from pop culture, including films, television series, video games, memes and other digital products, this book provides the reader with a wider understanding of the procedures, interests, roles, assumptions and challenges, which foster or hinder the travels of media and cultural products. Compiling in one single narrative a series of case studies, theoretical debates and international examples, the book looks at a number of exchanges and transformations enabled by both traditional media trade and the internet. It reflects on the increase of cultural products crossing over regional, national and international borders in the form of video games and TV formats, through music and video distribution platforms or via digital social media networks, to highlight discussions about the characteristics of border-crossing digital production.

    The cultural transduction framework is developed from discussions in communication and media studies, as well as from debates in adaptation and translation studies, to map out the travels of media and cultural products from an interdisciplinary perspective. It provides a tool to analyse the markets, products, people and processes that enable or constrain the movement of products across borders, for those interested in the practical aspects that underlie the negotiation and transformation of products inserted into different cultural market settings. This volume provides a new framework for understanding the travels of cultural products, which will be of use to students and scholars in the area of media industry studies, business studies, digital media studies, international media law and economics.

    1. What is cultural transduction?

    2. The market tenet: the ebbs and flows of cultural and media trade between markets

    3. The product tenet: content of universal appeal

    4. The people tenet: the jobs making cultural and media products travel between markets

    5. The process tenet: corporate interests and fan engagement in cultural transduction

    6. Guidelines for cultural transduction in product development and trade


    Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed (PhD Aberystwyth University) is research associate for Media Cymru, a UKRI Strength in Places Fund programme-funded project, at Cardiff University and professor researcher at the School of Social Communication and Journalism, Universidad Externado de Colombia. He has always worked at the crossroads of culture, language, identity and media production. He is a founding member of the International Association for Minority Language Media Research and member of the editorial board of the journals Palabra Clave and Journal of Digital Media and Policy. His most recent publications include co-editing the collections Indigenous Language for Development Communication in the Global South (2022) and Indigenous Language, Social Change, Communication and the Global South (2023), and co-authoring the book Los Trabajadores Colombianos del Cine Internacional (2021).