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Title: Manufacturing consent : the role of the culture industry and the national press in the miners' strikes 1972-74 and 1984-85.
Author: Khabaz, Vahid H. A. R.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3597 9448
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis assesses the utility of the Frankfurt School's theory of `culture industry' as an analytical model for a better understanding of the function and orientation of the modem mass circulating press media in Britain. The theory of `culture industry' implicated in authoritarian irrationalism, can illuminate contemporary developments in culture, polity and society. This claim is not a mere justification for `Adornoism', but an attempt to identify core themes in the School's cultural analyses which continue to merit attention. The theory of `culture industry' poses questions against a conventional political-economic approach to culture. Consequently it is not the question of economic determinism which matters but rather the `commodification of cultural outputs'. In this re-assessment it will be argued that despite numerous critical appraisals the `culture industry' thesis remains a valuable analytical tool in a sociological exploration of the function of modem press industry. This thesis will examine these critiques of the theory and will offer proposals to defend its conceptual capabilities. Accordingly, it will be argued that late capitalist culture has acquired a certain degree of autonomy as well as becoming increasingly crucial to the survival of the whole world system. In an attempt to justify the relevance of the theory, proposals will be offered to enhance the scope of its paradigm to accommodate modern societies such as Britain. It will be argued, and empirically systematized, that as the original theory of culture industry enabled Adorno to derive certain analytical concepts in the earlier part of this century, it may be utilized to derive new conceptual tools with the help of which modern and complex politico-cultural phenomenon, such as Thatcherism, can be analysed. The empirical dimension of this thesis, therefore, attempts to utilize concepts generated by the theory of `culture industry' and assess the impact of media upon the recent developments in British popular culture
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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