Culture Wars: The Media and the British Left (Communication and Society)
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Published By Routledge
ISBN : 9781138223035
Category : Art and Culture
Format : Paperback
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‘I read this book with mounting enthusiasm as it documented and analysed the roller coaster journey of what in the 1980’s was ridiculed and repressed as the "Loony Left", with its roots in the counter -culture of the 1960’s, through the defeats of the Blair era to its "resurrection from the undead" in the leadership of Corbyn and McDonnell.

Careful and revealing in its empirical analysis, Culture Wars provides an original and convincing perspective from which to understand the media’s changing relation to Labour politics, including the new Labour leadership’s ability to establish its own rapport with a new generation of voters.’

Hilary Wainwright, Co-editor of Red Pepper

‘We may be living through a media revolution but this brilliantly forensic book shows that one constant factor still applies – the relentless anti-Labour bias in most newspapers and their continuing influence. Culture Wars is a must-read for all those seeking to make sense of UK politics. Indeed, it is impossible to make sense of what is happening and what has happened without reading it.’

Steve Richards, Political columnist and broadcaster

‘This outstanding new edition of the classic text Culture Wars revisits and analyses the complex relationships between the media, journalism and politics in the UK. The authors’ focus is on press (mis)representations of the Labour left in the context of radical changes in the Labour leadership, the diminished influence of print media and the growth of social media and fake news. They address provocative and significant questions concerning the shifting influence of politicians, citizens and media in public debates about gender, sexuality, race and environmental policy in an age of digital journalism and media.

James Curran, Ivor Gaber and Julian Petley’s eloquent, authoritative and forward-looking Culture Wars is essential reading for everyone interested in the significant role of news journalism in democracies.’

Bob Franklin, Foundation Chair in Journalism Studies at the University of Cardiff


"Every media student, every working journalist, everyone who believes facts are more important than fake news, should read this book. In forensic detail, it exposes the way in which Britain’s mainstream newspapers wilfully deny the truth to their readers by promulgating propaganda in the pursuit of their own political agendas".

Roy Greenslade, Emeritus Professor of Journalism, City, University of London

James Curran is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. He is the author or editor of over twenty books about the media, including (with Jean Seaton) Power Without Responsibility, 8th edition (2018).

Ivor Gaber is Professor of Political Journalism at the University of Sussex, UK. He has published widely in the field of political communications and is a former producer and programme editor for BBC TV and Radio, ITV News, Channel Four and Sky News.

Julian Petley is Professor of Journalism at Brunel University London, UK. He is the editor of Media and Public Shaming (2013), a member of the editorial board for the British Journalism Review and is a principal editor of the Journal of British Cinema and Television.

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