The Political Economy of Global Communication: An Introduction (Human Security in the Global Economy)

The Political Economy of Global Communication: An Introduction (Human Security in the Global Economy)

By: Peter Wilkin (author)Paperback

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Recent debates surrounding human security have focused on the satisfaction of human needs as the vital goal for global development. Peter Wilkin highlights the limitations of this view and argues that unless we incorporate an account of human autonomy into human security then the concept is flawed. He reveals how human security is a concern with social relations that connect people in local, national and global networks of power, structured through capitalism and hierarchical inter-state systems. Autonomy, as an aspect of human security, depends upon the ability of citizens to gain information about the processes that shape their lives. In this respect autonomy and communication are inherently linked and are prerequisites for the establishment of meaningful democratic systems.

About Author

Peter Wilkin is a reader in Communication and Media at Brunel University and has written a number of books on international relations.


Introduction. Fulfilling the Enlightenment? Attaining Human Security. 1. The triumph of democracy and freedom. Political change after the Cold War. a) The privatisation of the State b) The Legitimacy of Human Intervention under the guise of Humanitarian intervention c) The Spread of a technical elite led political processes 2. Global capitalism and the end of history. a) The enhanced mobility and accumulation of Capital b) The Diminution of the Rights of Working People c) Free trade, Protectionism and Uneven development in world Order 3. Global order and cultural freedom. a) The Rise of a Global Communications Industry b) Capitalism, Neo-Liberalism and the Privatisation of Culture c) Culture Ideology and Political Power. Conclusion: Perverting the Enlightenment? Resistance and change in world order.

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  • ISBN13: 9780745314013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9780745314013
  • ISBN10: 0745314015

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