Political economy approach

 the area of political economy of the media and culture -- an approach that focuses on questions of media and culture ownership and control

'An approach that embraces the concepts of social class, the value and division of labour, and moral sentiments.' [Tony Bilton et al., Introductory Sociology, 3rd edition. London, Macmillan, 1996:666]


What advantages has digital technology brought to radio making? What disadvantages? What changes has the digital age brought to the production of radio drama?

Who 'owns' the BBC?

Who 'owns' the Royal National Theatre?

The principle of 'public service broadcasting'

You could describe the B.B.C. as the Hollywood of radio drama - producing the greatest quantity and quality of radio drama in the world, with its long continuous tradition since 1922. What influences do you analyse of the B.B.C. on the radio plays broadcast?


Also Cultural materialist

Peter Brooker, A Concise Glossary of Cultural Theory, 1999, London: Arnold.

An approach developed in the 1970s and 1980s in British literary and critical studies, especially in the areas of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies and associated with the work of Jonathan Dollimore, Alan Sinfield, Graham Holderness, John Drakakis, Lisa Jardine and others.

Wilson, Scott (ed.) (1995). Cultural Materialism: Theory and Practice. Oxford: Blackwell.

Brooker, Peter and Widdowson, Peter (eds) (1996). A Practical Reader In Contemporary Literary Theory Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall.


ethnographic / sociological investigations

deconstructing the law of genre

the ideology of traditional narrative



the metaphysics of the bourgeois subject

mass culture and 'massification'


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