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Prodnik, Jernej A. - Political Economy of Communication and Structural Transformations of Capitalism / Politicna ekonomija komuniciranja

Prodnik, Jernej A. - Political Economy of Communication and Structural Transformations of Capitalism / Politicna ekonomija komuniciranja

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PhD thesis defended at Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Abstract:

"The initial goal of this dissertation was to substantiate political economy of communication, the fundamental critical approach in communication studies. I have placed the research approach in a historical context of structural transformations of capitalism while I also tried to explain those same transformations with the use of analyses that are included in the said approach. The political-economic research tradition, together with its theoretical insight, a well structured "categorical apparatus" and the existing interpretations, enables a comprehensive consideration of historical structural transformations by bringing a broader communication sphere and its internal changes into focus.

This dissertation helps expanding the critical theoretical power of such approach, one that this type of research tradition has, historically spoken, possessed since the very beginning. Apart from that I also tried to demonstrate the extent of explanatory powers that this approach has regarding the understanding of our society in the current time period. Since there have been very few articles dealing with scientific argumentation of political economy of communication published in the Slovenian research area - at least at the theoretical level - this dissertation can be regarded as a starting point for a debate about the research role of this communication approach and also as an initiative (and an incentive) for consolidating the research area in the future.

Within the scope of deep historical transformations this dissertation emphasizes the commodification, an essential process inherent to capitalism. It is also a key process analyzed by political-economic approach in communication research. In my historical analysis of these processes I have not only discussed in general the expansion of commodification throughout our society but I also focused on the problems of the commodification of communication sphere: the long revolution of integrating areas of culture, information, media and communication into the frames of capitalist accumulation and production. Those are the topics, on which I have directly or indirectly focused throughout the dissertation.

Consistently with the main goal of this assignment (the theoretical argumentation of political economy of communication) I have set three general research questions for my research. First: I wanted to know what is the role and the significance of the political economy of communication for understanding of the society and the expansion of the commodification in the current social era and the current stage of capitalism. Second: How to understand, expand and strengthen the explanatory powers of this research approach within the current historical context. Third: What were the structural transformations that capitalism went through at the material level and how did those shifts consolidate the importance of the critical approach to political economy of communication.

The research foundations of this dissertation lie in the historical insight that offers support at all levels of the analysis: Everything from understanding the long-term changes in social structures to historical placement and contextualization of key social processes which help preserve and expand certain social formations and the historical discussion of the discipline and its authors, who constitute this research approach.

A large portion of this dissertation is reserved for a detailed analysis of the research starting points and presumptions that are often merely implicated in one’s research (although they present a constant part of every research analysis). At the level of metatheory I have, on the one hand, used the approach of critical realism, and on the other hand materialism, with various interpretations of Marxist philosophy serving as the basis. [...]"
PhD thesis defended at Faculty of Social Sciences (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Abstract:

"The initial goal of this dissertation was to substantiate political economy of communication, the fundamental critical approach in communication studies. I have placed the research approach in a historical context of structural transformations of capitalism while I also tried to explain those same transformations with the use of analyses that are included in the said approach. The political-economic research tradition, together with its theoretical insight, a well structured "categorical apparatus" and the existing interpretations, enables a comprehensive consideration of historical structural transformations by bringing a broader communication sphere and its internal changes into focus.

This dissertation helps expanding the critical theoretical power of such approach, one that this type of research tradition has, historically spoken, possessed since the very beginning. Apart from that I also tried to demonstrate the extent of explanatory powers that this approach has regarding the understanding of our society in the current time period. Since there have been very few articles dealing with scientific argumentation of political economy of communication published in the Slovenian research area - at least at the theoretical level - this dissertation can be regarded as a starting point for a debate about the research role of this communication approach and also as an initiative (and an incentive) for consolidating the research area in the future.

Within the scope of deep historical transformations this dissertation emphasizes the commodification, an essential process inherent to capitalism. It is also a key process analyzed by political-economic approach in communication research. In my historical analysis of these processes I have not only discussed in general the expansion of commodification throughout our society but I also focused on the problems of the commodification of communication sphere: the long revolution of integrating areas of culture, information, media and communication into the frames of capitalist accumulation and production. Those are the topics, on which I have directly or indirectly focused throughout the dissertation.

Consistently with the main goal of this assignment (the theoretical argumentation of political economy of communication) I have set three general research questions for my research. First: I wanted to know what is the role and the significance of the political economy of communication for understanding of the society and the expansion of the commodification in the current social era and the current stage of capitalism. Second: How to understand, expand and strengthen the explanatory powers of this research approach within the current historical context. Third: What were the structural transformations that capitalism went through at the material level and how did those shifts consolidate the importance of the critical approach to political economy of communication.

The research foundations of this dissertation lie in the historical insight that offers support at all levels of the analysis: Everything from understanding the long-term changes in social structures to historical placement and contextualization of key social processes which help preserve and expand certain social formations and the historical discussion of the discipline and its authors, who constitute this research approach.

A large portion of this dissertation is reserved for a detailed analysis of the research starting points and presumptions that are often merely implicated in one’s research (although they present a constant part of every research analysis). At the level of metatheory I have, on the one hand, used the approach of critical realism, and on the other hand materialism, with various interpretations of Marxist philosophy serving as the basis. [...]"

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UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI FAKULTETA ZA DRUŽBENE VEDE
Jernej Amon Prodnik
Politi
č
na ekonomija komuniciranja in strukturne transformacije kapitalizma
Doktorska disertacija
Ljubljana, 2013
 
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI FAKULTETA ZA DRUŽBENE VEDE
Jernej Amon Prodnik Mentorica: izr. prof. dr. Tanja Oblak
Č
rni
č
 
Politi
č
na ekonomija komuniciranja in strukturne transformacije kapitalizma
Doktorska disertacija
Ljubljana, 2013
 
Arthur:
 How do you do, good lady. I am Arthur, king of the Britons. Whose castle is that?
Woman:
 King of the who?
Arthur:
 King of the Britons.
Woman:
Who are the Britons?
Arthur:
 Well we all are! We are all Britons! And I am  your king.
Woman:
 I didn't know we 'ad a king! I thought we were an autonomous collective.
Man:
 You're fooling yourself! We're living in a dictatorship! A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes---
Woman:
 There you go, bringing class into it again...
Man:
That's what it's all about! If only people would--
Arthur:
 Please, *please*, good people, I am in haste! WHO lives in that castle?
Woman:
 No one lives there.
Arthur:
 Then who is your lord?
Woman:
We don't have a lord!
Arthur:
 [surprised] What???
Man:
 I *told* you! We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune! We're taking turns to act as a sort of executive-officer-for-the-week---
Arthur:
 [uninterested] Yes...
Man:
 But all the decisions *of* that officer 'ave to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting--
Arthur:
 [perturbed] Yes I see!
Man:
 By a simple majority, in the case of purely internal affairs---
Arthur:
 [mad] Be quiet!
Man:
 But by a two-thirds majority, in the case of more major---
Arthur:
 [very angry] BE QUIET! I *order* you to be quiet!
Woman:
 "Order", eh, who does 'e think he is?
Arthur:
 I am your king!
Woman:
 Well I didn't vote for you!
Arthur:
 You don't vote for kings!
Woman:
 Well how'd you become king then?
Arthur:
 [holy music] The Lady of the Lake - her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur  from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine  providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king!
Man:
[laughingly] Listen: Strange women lying in  ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives  from a mandate from the masses, not from some...  farcical aquatic ceremony!
Arthur:
 [yelling] BE QUIET!
Man:
 You can't expect to wield supreme executive power  just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!!!
Arthur:
 [grabbing the man] Shut *UP*!
Man:
 I mean, if I went 'round, saying I was an emperor,  just because some moistened bink had lobbed a  scimitar at me, they'd put me away!
Arthur:
 [throwing the man around] Shut up, will you, SHUT UP!
Man:
 Aha! Now we see the violence inherent in the system!
Arthur:
 SHUT UP!
Man:
 [yelling to all the other workers] Come and see the violence inherent in the system! HELP, HELP,  I'M BEING REPRESSED!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
 (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin) 
Zahvala
 Zahvale so ob projektih, kot je doktorska disertacija, najbrž zmeraj vsaj malo krivi
č 
ne. Bi jo moral pri
č 
eti  z zahvalo avtorjem, zavedenim v literaturi? Za možnost, da stojim na njihovih ramenih, da sem se lahko napajal v njihovih idejah in dognanjih? Že brez ve
č 
ine teh ljudi disertacija ne bi bila takšna,kakršna je. In disertacija zagotovo ne bi bila, kakršna je, brez
č 
udovitih prijateljev, s katerimi sem bil v stiku na Fakulteti  za družbene vede Univerze v Ljubljani in izven nje, brez številnih ljudi, ki sem  jih spoznal na konferencah in z njimi razpravljal o tematikah, ki jihobravnavam v tem besedilu, inbrez podpore moje širše družine,ki jo imam tako rad. Hvala vsem!Tega besedila ne bi pri
č 
el pisati brez  podpore mentorice, dr. Tanje Oblak
Č 
rni
č 
. Hvala za ponujeno priložnost in zaupanje, vloženo energijo, vse nasvete, predvsem pa zadostopnost in prijateljstvo. Za znanstveno pomo
č 
 bi se posebej rad zahvalil dr. Slavku Splichalu in dr. Igorju Pribacu,
č 
lanoma komisije, in sicer za komentarje, razprave, nasvete in konstruktivno kritiko,ki mi je omogo
č 
ila, da sem tole deloviš 
č 
e zaklju
č 
il.Tega besedila zagotovo ne bidokon
č 
al brez žene Vesne, ki mi že dolgo stoji ob strani in me podpira. Hvala, ker si (sta)! Doktorat posve
č 
am mami Alenki,ki je v
č 
asu mojega pisanja pogumno  premagala zahrbtno bolezen, in starim  staršem – »bici« Zofki, »mami« Miri in  pokojnemu »dedanu« Mirotu, v družbi katerih sem tako rad odraš 
č 
al.

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