MARXISM AND MEDIA STUDIES: Key Concepts And Contemporary Trends (Marxism and Culture)

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This is an accessible guide to key Marxist concepts and how to apply them to contemporary cultural analysis. Drawing on Marx, Lukacs, Gramsci, Habermas, Jameson and others, the book retools and redeems key concepts such as class, the mode of production, culture industries, the state, base-superstructure, ideology, hegemony, knowledge and social interests, and commodity fetishism. It also includes analysis of film, television, the internet and print media. Using case studies including Disney, Big Brother to the spirits and spectres in such films as The Others, The Devil's Backbone and Dark City, it illuminates the fetishisms of culture and society under capital. Exploring the relevance of each concept to understanding the media, Wayne explains why Marxism is an important critical methodology for the media student to engage with. He foregrounds the theoretical and political shifts that have led to its marginalisation in recent years, and highlights how and why these trends are changing as once more, people return to Marx and Marxism to understand the world around them.

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Aimed at students of media studies who are interested in bringing a radical political methodology to bear on their work, this book is an accessible guide to key Marxist concepts and shows how to apply them to contemporary cultural analysis. Drawing on Marx, Lukacs, Gramsci, Habermas, Jameson and other writers, this book provides a comprehensive exposition of the key concepts required for a Marxist analysis of the media and current cultural trends. Retooling and redeeming such concepts as class, mode of production, culture industries, the state, base-superstructure, ideology, hegemony, knowledge and social interests, and commodity fetishism, this book ranges across film, television, the Internet and print media. The analysis is carefully grounded in case studies ranging from digital file swapping to Disney, from reality TV show "Big Brother" to the spirits and spectres in such films as "The Others", "The Devil's Backbone" and "Dark City", which illuminate the fetishisms of culture and society under capital. Exploring the relevance of each concept to understanding the media, Wayne explains why Marxism is an important critical methodology for the media student to engage with.

He foregrounds the theoretical and political shifts that have led to its marginalization in recent years, and highlights how and why these trends are changing as once more, people return to Marx and Marxism to understand the world around them.

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Mike Wayne is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Brunel University, London. He is the author of England's Discontents: History, Politics, Culture and Identities (Pluto, 2018), Understanding Film (Pluto, 2005) and Marxism and Media Studies (Pluto, 2003).

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