Envisioning Media Power

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-01
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Envisioning Media Power develops an original geographical perspective on the nature and exercise of power in the international television economy. It uses theories of political economy as the basis for a comparative empirical examination of the UK and New Zealand television markets, while closely considering these markets' respective relationships with the U.S. market and its globally influential media corporations. In fleshing out this geographical perspective, Brett Christophers critically addresses the power to produce, reproduce, and extract profit from territorialized media markets. To understand such powers, Christophers examines processes of creation and dissemination of industry knowledge, structures of industry governance, and the locational characteristics of television's operational economy.

Author Biography

Brett Christophers is a research fellow in the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Reflections on Methodp. 27
Knowing the Television Economyp. 37
Enframing Creativityp. 39
Television's Economy and the Power of the Geographical Imaginationp. 61
Knowledge Travelsp. 87
Conclusion to Part Ip. 123
Capitalizing and Circulating Powerp. 125
Power, Scarcity, and a 'Spatial Fix'p. 127
Television's Local Power Relationsp. 171
Power and Program Pricing in International Marketsp. 201
Circuits of Capitalp. 241
Mirrors, Meters, and Media Powerp. 289
Conclusion to Part IIp. 315
From Space to Placep. 319
Geopoliticsp. 321
Putting Television in its Placep. 349
The Political Economy of Place in Programmingp. 377
Conclusion to Part IIIp. 407
Coda: Into the Home of Media Powerp. 411
Closing Remarksp. 425
Referencesp. 431
Indexp. 457
About the Authorp. 467
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