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[Commlist] Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory

Sat Aug 15 14:15:36 GMT 2020

Christian Fuchs. 2020. Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory. London: University of Westminster Press. 406 pages.
Available as paperback and as gratis open access e-book

Book talk "Capitalism & Communication: Critical Theory in the Age of the Internet & Digital Capitalism":

Going beyond Jürgen Habermas’ theory of communicative action, Christian Fuchs outlines foundation of a critical, dialectical, humanist approach to theorising communication in society and in capitalism.

-- "an impressive wide-ranging book”.
Prof Michael Hardt, Duke University
-- "a comprehensive approach to understanding and transcending the deepening crisis of communicative capitalism"
Prof Graham Murdock, Loughborough University

German translation:
Christian Fuchs. 2020. Kommunikation und Kapitalismus. Eine kritische Theorie. München: UVK/utb. ISBN 978-3-8252-5239-7. 501 Seiten.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction

Part I: Foundations of Communicative Materialism
2. Materialism
3. Materialism and Society
4. Communication and Society

Part II: Communication in Capitalist Society
5. Capitalism and Communication
6. Communication Technologies: Means of Communication as Means of Production
7. Communication Society
8. Political Communication in the Public Sphere
9. Ideology
10. Nationalism, Communication, Ideology
11. Global Communication and Imperialism

Part III: The Materialist Transcendence of Communicative Capitalism
12. Communication Society as Society of the Commons
13. Death and Love: The Metaphysics of Communication
14. Communication and Struggles for Alternatives

15. Conclusion: Advancing a Dialectical, Humanist, Critical Theory of Communication and Society

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