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Media power and class power: overplaying ideology

Miller, David (2002) Media power and class power: overplaying ideology. In: A world of contradictions, Socialist Register 2002. Socialist Register . Merlin Press, London. ISBN 1-58367-049-1

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Abstract

The media have a contradictory role in relation to class power. They do predominantly carry corporate and state friendly messages, but not exclusively. They do have a role in legitimating capitalist social relations, but the role of ideology in maintaining social order has been overplayed by some theorists. A variety of other mechanisms employed by the powerful to pursue their interests are arguably as important as the mass media in the maintenance of 'ruling ideas'. In attempting to rethink the relationship between media power and class power, this essay uses the work of Stuart Hall as the starting point for a critique of cultural and media studies. It argues that Critical Theorists such as Hall overemphasized the importance of ideology and the 'function' of the media in capitalist social order.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 1533
Keywords: media power, globalization, market economy, G8, Economic History and Conditions, Political institutions (General), Sociology
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economic History and Conditions
Political Science > Political institutions (General)
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Sociology
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Depositing user: Prof David Miller
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2013 12:55
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1533

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