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[ecrea] Mapping BRICS Media - new book

Fri Apr 03 17:44:25 GMT 2015

Mapping BRICS Media
Edited by Kaarle Nordenstreng and Daya Kishan Thussu
2015, Routledge: London and New York. ISBN: 978-1-138-02625-4

Mapping BRICS Media is the first comprehensive and comparative study of the emerging media landscape in the world’s most dynamic markets. This pioneering collection focuses on one of the key topics in contemporary international relations – the emergence of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The volume brings together distinguished scholars from the BRICS nations to assess the effects of the exponential growth in media in some of the world’s fastest growing major economies and examine how the emergence will impact on global media and communication. Transnational in scope, the book focuses on significant and yet hitherto largely ignored developments in the globalization of media. By interrogating the relationship between the inter-BRICS media and media practices and perceptions, this volume provides an accessible and critical guide to the complex debates about the impact of the ‘rise of the rest’ on the media globe.

Table of contents

Introduction: Contextualizing the BRICS Media Daya Kishan Thussu and Kaarle Nordenstreng

Part I: Debates and Concepts
BRICS as a New Constellation in International Relations?
Jyrki Käkönen

How Coherent is the BRICS Grouping?
Colin Sparks

The BRICS Formation in Reshaping Global Communication: Possibilities and Challenges
Yuezhi Zhao

The BRICS as Emerging Cultural and Media Powers
Joseph Straubhaar

Part II: Media Systems and Landscapes
Brazil: Patrimonialism and Media Democratization
Raquel Paiva, Muniz Sodré and Leonardo Custodio

Russia: Post-Soviet, Post-Modern and Post-Empire Media
Elena Vartanova

India: Multiple Media Explosions
Savyasaachi Jain

China: Power Dynamics Across Four Historical Stages
Zhengrong Hu, Peixi Xu and Deqiang Ji

South Africa: A Free Media Still in the Making
Viola Candice Milton and Pieter J. Fourie

Part III: Comparative Perspectives
BRICS Journalists in Global Research
Svetlana Pasti, Jyotika Ramaprasad and Musawenkosi Ndlovu

Intra-BRICS Media Exchange
Herman Wasserman, Fernando Oliveira Paulino, Dmitry Strovsky and Jukka Pietiläinen

Digital BRICS: Building a NWICO 2.0?
Daya Kishan Thussu

About the Editors
Kaarle Nordenstreng is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is author or editor of over 30 books in English, most recently Communication Theories in a Multicultural World (coedited with Clifford Christians, 2014).

Daya Kishan Thussu is Professor of International Communication at the University of Westminster in London. Author or editor of 16 books, most recently Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (2013), he is the Managing Editor of the journal Global Media and Communication.

‘This ground-breaking anthology has managed to delineate what is to date the most comprehensive and crystal clear topography of the oft-neglected media and culture in the BRICS nations.’ - Shi Anbin, Tsinghua University, China

‘The BRICS countries are the new actors in the global economy that fundamentally challenge the existing world order and its power relations … This timely and comprehensive study is a key contribution to the exploration and understanding of crucial shifts in the global communication landscape.’ - Cees Hamelink, Professor Emeritus, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

‘Will the rapidly growing communications systems of the BRICS embark on strategies of alternative development … or, will they abandon their own rich histories of struggle for social justice … to … profit from the existing institutions of global exploitation? A profound intervention, Nordenstreng and Thussu’s collection helps us toward an answer.’ Dan Schiller, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

For more information visit:

Dr Daya Thussu
Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Westminster, Northwick Park, Harrow, HA1 3TP, United Kingdom
(D.K.Thussu /at/

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