Neoliberalism, Media and the Political

Authors: Phelan, S.

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Neoliberalism, Media and the Political examines the condition of media and journalism in neoliberal cultures. Emphasizing neoliberalism's status as a political ideology that is simultaneously hostile to politics, the book presents a critical theoretical argument supported by empirical illustrations from New Zealand, Ireland, the UK and the US.

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Sean Phelan is Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. He is the co-editor of Discourse Theory and Critical Media Politics (2011) and Scooped: The Politics and Power of Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand (2012).

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“Sean Phelan draws upon a diverse range of theoretical sources … and a handful of illustrative case studies in order to diagnose the contemporary condition of ‘actually existing neoliberalism.’ … Phelan has managed to produce a book that offers both a valuable contribution to the scholarly understanding of neoliberalization and a timely critique of the pretensions of postideological journalists and the disingenuous proclamations of postneoliberal politics.” (Simon Dawes, Cultural Politics, Vol. 11 (3), November, 2015)

"Understanding how the concept and mechanics of neoliberalism work through and in the media and the consequences for our political lives is one of the key issues of our times. Phelan manages to weave political economy with cultural studies, discourse theory with field theory alongside an historical analysis of the concept of neoliberalism, to offer an incisive and insightful empirical critique of how neoliberalism gets mediated through contemporary issues It should be required reading for any scholar interested in a critical media politics " - Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

"If political theorists have sometimes been inclined to ignore the work of media and communication researchers, this book shows why they can no longer do so. Phelan offers a powerful analysis of the political role media and journalism play in the performance of neoliberal logics." - Jason Glynos, University of Essex, UK

"Neoliberalism, Media and the Political is a theoretically astute, politically engaged, and empirically grounded guide to the often-perplexing world of neoliberalized media. Sean Phelan goes beyond neoliberalism's willful misrepresentations, and beyond the ways that it likes to look at itself in the mirror, to deliver a penetrating analysis of the actually existing, variegated, and often 'disfigured' forms of mediatized market rule." - Jamie Peck, author of Constructions of Neoliberal Reason

"Seeking to overcome the 'Blindspot of Western Marxism', Phelan's insightful book discusses neo-liberalism, the media, and the political by defacing neo-liberalism, analysing journalism using neo-liberal media control of New Zealand and Ireland (the so-called Celtic Tiger) as well as the case of 'Climategate' as prime examples Phelan's book is exquisite on ascertaining the hallucinogenic ideologies and pathologies of neoliberal corporate mass media." - Thomas Klikauer, University of Western Sydney, Australia


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Disfiguring Neoliberalism

    Phelan, Sean

    Pages 1-11

  • Articulating Neoliberalism in Critical Media and Communication Studies

    Phelan, Sean

    Pages 12-33

  • Neoliberal Discourse: Theory, History and Trajectories

    Phelan, Sean

    Pages 34-55

  • Neoliberal Logics and Field Theory

    Phelan, Sean

    Pages 56-68

  • Neoliberalism and Media Democracy: A Representative Anecdote from Post-Rogernomics New Zealand

    Phelan, Sean

    Pages 69-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neoliberalism, Media and the Political
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-30836-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137308368
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-30835-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45596-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 242
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