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Social Science Media Studies

Political Economy in the Modern State

by (author) Harold A. Innis

edited by Robert E. Babe & Edward A. Comor

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Category
Media Studies, Economic Conditions, History & Theory, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487503840
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $106.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487522926
    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
    List Price
    $46.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487518912
    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
    List Price
    $46.95

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Political Economy in the Modern State is Harold Innis’s transitional and, in some respects, his most transformative book. Completed in 1946, it is a collection of fifteen chapters plus a remarkable Preface selected and crafted to address four main themes: the problem of power and peace in the post-War era; the ascent of specialized and mechanized forms of knowledge involving, most particularly, the media, the state, and the academy; the crisis facing civilization and, more generally, the modern penchant for unreflexive short-term thinking in the face of mounting contradictions; and Innis’s growing focus on what would be called media bias.

In this new edition, editors Robert E. Babe and Edward A. Comor provide not only a general introduction to Innis’s largely forgotten book but also dedicated introductions to each of its fifteen chapters and a comprehensive index. Together, Babe and Comor demonstrate how Innis’s volume reflects a shift in Innis’s focus, away from analytical relativism towards, instead, a reflexive search for objective truths.

About the authors

Harold A. Innis (1894-1952) was a Canadian professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history.

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Robert E. Babe is a professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

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Edward Comor is a professor and faculty scholar in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

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