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Beyond Cultural Imperialism
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Beyond Cultural Imperialism
Globalization, Communication and the New International Order

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February 1997 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The massive international flows of films, television programs, and other media around the world have long posed vital questions of culture and power. But how can we best understand this central feature of the modern world? Is a model of "cultural imperialism" a valid way of understanding global communications as we approach the end of the century? In this broad-ranging analysis of the new international context of world communication, an international group of leading scholars review and take forward these debates. They discuss different perspectives of the role of the state, the range of cultural impact and influence beyond the media, the roles of international organizations and business interests in world communication, and the potential for resistance and alternatives. They reflect on the "New World International Communications Order" as delineated since the 1970s, and examine its changing nature. Throughout the book they connect analysis of the flows and forces that form the world of media and communication with the fundamental themes of social science, and illuminate the ways in which underlying questions of inequality, power, and control reappear within new media environments.

Peter Golding and Phil Harris
Foreword
Peter Golding and Phil Harris
Introduction
Samir Amin
Reflections on the International System
Tony Barnett
States of the State and Third Worlds
Annabelle Sreberny-Mohammadi
The Many Cultural Faces of Imperialism
Cees Hamelink
MacBride with Hindsight
Colleen Roach
The Western World and the NWICO
United They Stand?

 
Mohammed Musa
From Optimism to Reality
An Overview of Third World News Agencies

 
Phil Harris
Communication and Global Security
The Challenge for the Next Millennium

 
Pradip N Thomas
An Inclusive NWICO
Cultural Resilience and Popular Resistance

 
Richard C Vincent
The Future of the Debate
Setting an Agenda for a New World Information and Communication Order: Ten Proposals

 

`Once one gets beyond the excellently provocative introductions.... a thoughtful reflection on the concept of the state in the context of post-colonial realities and a very uesful historical investigation of imperialism as cultural contact, which in a very timely way calls for the cross-fertilisaton of debates in international communiction by post-colonial studies, the remaining six chapters all analyse the hopes and failings of NWICO [New World Information and Communication Order] from a number of perspectives. These are very useful in their own right - what went wrong and how a new order might be activated' - Media Development

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