Communication and Capitalism

Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory

By Christian Fuchs

Communication and Capitalism outlines foundations of a critical theory of communication. Going beyond Jürgen Habermas’ theory of communicative action, Christian Fuchs outlines a communicative materialism that is a critical, dialectical, humanist approach to theorising communication in society and in capitalism. The book renews Marxist Humanism as a critical theory perspective on communication and society.

The author theorises communication and society by engaging with the dialectic, materialism, society, work, labour, technology, the means of communication as means of production, capitalism, class, the public sphere, alienation, ideology, nationalism, racism, authoritarianism, fascism, patriarchy, globalisation, the new imperialism, the commons, love, death, metaphysics, religion, critique, social and class struggles, praxis, and socialism.

Fuchs renews the engagement with the questions of what it means to be a human and a humanist today and what dangers humanity faces today.


  1. Introduction
  2. Materialism
  3. Materialism and Society
  4. Communication and Society
  5. Capitalism and Communication
  6. Communication Technologies: Means of Communication as Means of Production
  7. Communication Society
  8. Political Communication in the Public Sphere
  9. Ideology
  10. Nationalism, Communication, Ideology
  11. Global Communication and Imperialism
  12. Communication Society as Society of the Commons
  13. Death and Love: The Metaphysics of Communication
  14. Communication and Struggles for Alternatives
  15. Conclusion: Advancing a Dialectical, Humanist, Critical Theory of Communication and Society

Christian Fuchs is Professor at, and the Director of, the Communication and Media Research Institute at University of Westminster, UK, and a member of IAMCR.

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Title: Communication and Capitalism: A Critical Theory
Author: Christian Fuchs
Published: 2020
Pages: 406
Publisher: University of Westminster Press

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