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Call for Chapters: Current Theories and Practice in the Political Economy of Communications and Media

28.03.2019 13:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 30, 2019

A book edited by Serpil Karlidag (Baskent University) and Selda Bulut (Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University)


The political economy approach deals with communication and media as commodities produced by capitalist industries. Media operates as an industry that produces and distributes commodities. As Golding & Murdock (1997:49) identified, the media outputs produced by these industries (newspapers, advertisements, TV programs, movies, music, the gaming industry, etc.) play a vital role in organizing images and discourses that people make the world meaningful. In a sense, media do not only transmit information but also have the function of producing and spreading the symbols that can be called symbolic production. The cultural production produced by the media has a very complex structure. Although the cultural production process has its own characteristics, it is still part of the production of commodification area.

While analyzing the cultural products produced by the media, it should be taken into consideration the relation of this symbolic production with the ideological processes on the basis of material production of society. It is considered that the area of cultural production is not pointless, on the contrary, it is a part of the social control mechanism.

Objective of the Book

The purpose of this book is to provide new approaches besides current trends in the political economy of communication researches in the process of globalization. Specific examples from the above-mentioned subjects including different countries particular in Turkey will contribute to the field and extend the border of the political economy of communication studies into the relatively undiscovered areas. Since the political economy is a holistic field, it can focus on the whole system with more complex and richer analysis. This tradition is also instrumental in attracting the target audience.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of academics, postgraduate students, teachers, researchers, professionals.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) What is Political Economy approach?: Historical development, features, methods, and importance.

2) Media property/ownership relations: the ownership of media products and copyright policies

3) Propaganda model: Factors affecting the news production process

4) What Media Produces? Properties of media products, Ideology

5) Audience commodification: commodification, the commodification of audience, the commodification of user in new media

6) The political economy of culture: production, distribution and consumption processes of cultural products, Culture Industry.

7) Labor process: conceptualizations on labor and working in media.

8) The political economy of digital media: new communication technologies, the structure of digital media production.

9) Structures determining consumer preferences and discussions on audience freedom within these structures.

10) Media and state relations.

Submission Procedure

Contributors are invited to submit on or before March 30, a chapter proposal of 400 to 500 words clearly identifying the topic of the chapter. Proposals should be submitted through the IGI-Global submission system. Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal no later April 29, 2019. Once accepted, all submitted chapters must be original, of high quality 7,000- 10,000 words in length at the publication stage. All submissions will be refereed through a double-blind review process. Author(s) of the accepted proposal are required to submit their full chapter no later than September 30, 2019 to facilitate the review process. Submitted chapters should not have been previously published nor be currently under review for publication at other venues. Submissions should follow the manuscript format guidelines from IGI Global. All authors are encouraged to visit the IGI Global resource site below before beginning the writing process:


There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Current Theories and Practice in the Political Economy of Communications and Media. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double blind peer review editorial process.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

  • March 30, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • April 29, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
  • September 30, 2019: Full Chapter Submission
  • November 30, 2019: Review Results Returned
  • December 30, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification
  • january 30, 2019: Final Chapter Submission

Editorial Advisory Board Members:

  • Serpil Karlidag, Baskent University, Ankara/Turkey
  • Selda Bulut, Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University, Ankara/Turkey
  • Inquiries can be forwarded to
  • Serpil Karlidag, Baskent University
  • Selda Bulut, Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University

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