Global Media Corporations and the Nation-State: Balancing Politico-Economic and Socio-Cultural Globalization

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Title Global Media Corporations and the Nation-State: Balancing Politico-Economic and Socio-Cultural Globalization
Author Thomas, Amos Owen
Journal Name Global Business Review
Editor C. S. Venkata Ratnam
Year Published 2001
Place of publication India
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Socio-cultural change is an invariable concomitant of the politico-economic globalization being embraced by most countries. Yet the interrelated roles of global media corporations and nation-states in the process of globalization have been relatively untouched in global business research. This article examines the role of the global media industry as a cultural change-agent, even a source of cultural imperialism. Drawing on a critical analysis of literature from other social science disciplines, this article argues that media corporations are not solely responsible for the socio-cultural upheaval that accompanies politico-economic globalization. There is also insufficient evidence for the homogenization or Westernization of cultures via the media. Still, given the sensitivity of nation-states to national culture, this article concludes that the impact of the conver gent media, information and communications industry needs to analyzed in the wider context of the global ization of their politico-economic and socio-cultural environments.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://gbr.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/2/1/71
Copyright Statement Copyright 2001 Sage Publications. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. First published in Global Business Review. This journal is available online: http://gbr.sagepub.com/content/vol2/issue1/
Volume 2
Issue Number 1
Page from 71
Page to 82
ISSN 0972-1509
Date Accessioned 2002-04-12
Language en_AU
Subject International Business
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3861
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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