Chakravartty, Paula and Yuezhi Zhao (Eds.): Global Communications: Toward a Transcultural Economy

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Author: Emile McAnany
Date: Sept. 2010
From: Communication Research Trends(Vol. 29, Issue 3)
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture
Document Type: Book review
Length: 905 words
Lexile Measure: 1630L

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Chakravartty, Paula and Yuezhi Zhao (Eds.) Global Communications: Toward a Transcultural Economy. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, Inc., 2008. Pp. 359. ISBN 978-0-7425-4044-6, 0-7425-4044-8 (hbk.) $84.95; 978-0-7425-4045-3, 0-7425-4045-6 (pb.) $34.95.

This book is set toward the end of the Bush presidency and the Iraq War (2006-2007) and intends to critique the neoliberal policy initiatives of the 1990s' Washington Consensus. This not to say that the concerns about globalization and political economy are not central to concerns of today, only that the context has changed somewhat since the beginning of the book's conception with the major economic crisis of 2008 and its repercussions. The editors in their Introduction indicate their perspective: "We follow a long tradition of critical media studies that places communication within the broader political economic and cultural processes and treats communication research as an inherently integrative exercise that cuts across disciplinary lines" (p. 10). The chapters address the problems of globalization and modernization that are taking place around the world in a variety of countries, primarily of the global South. Moreover, the editors have chosen to include more junior and mid-career scholars with a larger than usual representation of women. Their stance and that of their authors is one where a more nuanced approach to critical political and cultural analysis does not automatically see markets or state power as the enemy but one that...

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