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Re-Engaging Critical Communication Studies With Social Classes: Communication as Experience

Re-Engaging Critical Communication Studies With Social Classes: Communication as Experience
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Author(s): Gökhan Bulut (Ankara University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on the Political Economy of Communications and Media
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Serpil Karlidag (Baskent University, Turkey) and Selda Bulut (Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3270-6.ch005

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Abstract

This article is an attempt to reestablish the linkage of the political economy of communication with the field of social classes and class relations. Studies in the field of political economy of communication are mostly shaped within the scope of instrumentalist explanation: Social communication institutions such as communication and media are perceived as a very homogeneous structure and these institutions are directly considered as the apparatus of capital and capitalists. However, in this study, it is argued that in capitalist societies, communication, and media should be understood as a field and medium of class struggle loaded with contradictions. Another point is that the political economy of communication is mostly limited to media studies. However, in today's capitalist societies, the media is not the only structure and actor in which communication forms. In this study, communication practices in capitalist society are discussed in the context of class discussions and the relationship between class struggle, culture and communication is discussed.

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