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TRANSMISSION, COMMUNION, COMMUNICATION James Carey — Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society

Marco Toledo Bastos


Communication as Culture: Essays on Media and Society is a classic text from the American school of communication. It was republished in 2009 by Routledge on the occasion of the author’s death. This new edition includes a critical foreword by G. Stuart Adam that explains Carey’s fundamental role in the establishment of communication studies in America, particularly against the American tradition of focusing only on mass communication’s function as a means of social and political control. Carey maintains that communication is not merely the transmission of information; reminding the reader of the link between the words “communication” and “community”. The collection of essays presented in this volume furnishes an important debate on the concept of communication, which at times favors the transmission of signs, and at times favors the sharing of common experiences or the synthesis of information.


Communication; Information; Communion; Transmission; Culture

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v3i2p243-248

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