Fuchs, Christian. 2021./Marxist Humanism and Communication Theory.
Media, Communication and Society Volume One/. New York: Routledge. ISBN
9780367697129 (paperback). ISBN 9780367697136 (hardback). ISBN
9781003142959 (ebook). 310 pages.
20% discount & sample chapter"Jean-Paul Sartre as Social Theorist of
Communication. An Engagement with Critique of Dialectical Reason”
This book outlines and contributes to the foundations of
Marxist-humanist communication theory. It analyses the role of
communication in capitalist society.
Engaging with the works of critical thinkers such as Erich Fromm, E. P.
Thompson, Raymond Williams, Henri Lefebvre, Georg Lukács, Lucien
Goldmann, Günther Anders, Jean-Paul Sartre, M. N. Roy, Angela Davis, C.
L. R. James, Rosa Luxemburg, Eve Mitchell, and Cedric J. Robinson, the
book provides readings of works that inform our understanding of how to
critically theorise communication in society. The topics covered include
the relationship of capitalism, racism, and patriarchy; communication
and alienation; the base/superstructure-problem; the question of how one
should best define communication; the political economy of
communication; ideology critique; the connection of communication and
struggles for alternatives.
Written for a broad audience of students and scholars interested in
contemporary critical theory, this book will be useful for courses in
media and communication studies, cultural studies, Internet research,
sociology, philosophy, political science, and economics.
This is the first of five Media, Communication and Society volumes, each
one outlining a particular aspect of the foundations of a critical
theory of communication in society.*
Table of Contents*
2. Erich Fromm and the Critical Theory of Communication
3. Revisiting the Althusser/E. P. Thompson-Controversy: Towards a
Marxist Theory of Communication
4. Raymond Williams’s Communicative Materialism
5. Henri Lefebvre’s Theory of the Production of Space and the Critical
Theory of Communication
6. Towards A Critical Theory of Communication with Georg Lukács’s and
7. Günther Anders’s Critical Theory of Technology
8. Jean-Paul Sartre as Social Theorist of Communication. An Engagement
with “Critique of Dialectical Reason”
9. M. N. Roy, Socialist Humanism, and the Critical Analysis of Communication
10. Capitalism, Racism, Patriarchy