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New Patterns in Global Television

Peripheral Vision

John Sinclair, Elizabeth Jacka, Stuart Cunningham


Over recent decades, the flow of television programmes and services between nations has prompted concerns about `Cultural Imperialism', the idea that the powerful metropolitan nations at the centre of the world system are breaking down the integrity and autonomy of the peripheral countries. New Patterns in Global Television challenges that notion by showing that some of the countries outside the traditionally dominant centres have now developed strong television industries of their own, and have been expanding into regional markets, especially - but not exclusively - where linguistic and cultural similarities exist.

This book brings together contributions from specialist researchers on the most dynamic of these regions: Latin America, India, the Middle East, Greater China and, in the English-speaking world, Canada and Australia. It provides the first comprehensive overview of the new patterns of flow in international television programme exchange and service provision in the satellite era, patterns unrecognised by the perspective of the prevailing theoretical orthodoxies in international communication research and policy.

Edited by John Sinclair , Senior Research Associate, the Centre for International Research on Communication and Information Technologies; Associate Professor in International Communication, Sociology, and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne

Elizabeth Jacka , Professor in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney

Stuart Cunningham , Associate Professor in the School of Media and Journalism, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

`a very postmodern project that deserves to be read in a very un-postmodern way - from beginning to end' Jock Given, University of New South Wales, Sydney and Victoria University, Melbourne, The Round Table, Issue 341