Centre for Research in Communication and Culture

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Professor Graham Murdock Bsc (Sociology) First Class Honours. London School of Economics, MA Sociology of Art and Literature,

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Professor of Culture and Economy.

My research is grounded in a distinctive approach to critical inquiry which combines insights and methods from across the social sciences and humanities to explore questions around change, power, inequality, risk, and representation. It has three main strands. The first, examines the role of communications in the constitution of modernity. The second approaches the relations between culture, communications, power and inequality through a distinctive critical political economy which combines: research on how corporate interests structure the underlying dynamics and practices of mediated communication ; work on public cultural institutions as guarantors of the cultural rights of citizenship; and  explorations of patterns of everyday exclusion from and engagement with core communications resources. The final strand, which embraces studies of political demonstrations, riots, ‘terrorism’, and biotechnologies, focuses on the organisation of public definitions and responses to perceived threats and risks.

My writings have been widely anthologised, cited, and incorporated into university curricula around the world and have been translated into nineteen languages. I have held the Leerstoel (Teaching Chair) at the Free University of Brussels, the Bonnier Chair at Stockholm University, served as Professor II at the University of Bergen, and held visiting professorships at a number of other universities including ; Auckland, California at San Diego , Curtin (Western Ausralia), Mexico City, and Helsinki  .

I have taught at a number of universities in China including: Peking, X’ian, and the Shanghai School of Arts. In 2012 I was appointed Visiting Fellow in the School of Journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai and awarded an honorary professorship by the Chongqing Technology and Business University.

In the last five years I have given major public addresses or keynote speeches to international conferences in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, India, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Mexico , Poland, and Taiwan.

My main research interests are in –

  • The changing organisation of the cultural and communication industries
  • The future of public cultural institutions
  • The social and cultural impacts of new communication technologies
  • Social and cultural change in Asian societies.
  • Popular representations of and responses to perceived risks and threats

I teach the foundation module on ‘Media and Cultural Industries’ on the MA programmes in ‘Media and Cultural Analysis’ and ‘Global Media and Cultural Industries’ 

Questions of Modernity

  • ‘Journeys to the West: The Making of Asian Modernities’ in – Geogette Wang (ed) De-Westernizing Communication Research: Altering Questions and Changing  Frameworks. London. Routledge  , 2011, pp 137-156.
  • ‘Past the Posts: Rethinking Change, Retrieving Critique’ , European Journal of Communication, Volume 1, Number 1, March 2004, pp 19-38.
  • ‘The Re-Enchantment of the World : Religion and the Transformations of Modernity, in – Stewart M Hoover and Knut Lundby (eds) Rethinking Media, Religion and Culture. Thousand Oaks CA. Sage Publications, 1997, pp 85-101.
  • ‘Communication and the Constitution of Modernity’, Media, Culture and Society, Volume 15, Number 4, October 1993, pp 521-539

Political Economy of Culture and Communication

  • The Handbook of Political Economy of Communication. [with Janet Wasko and Helena Sousa] Oxford. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, pp 632.
    Media in the Age of Marketization  New Jersey.Cresskill. Hampton Press.Inc , 2007. pp 263.[with Janet Wasko]
  • ‘Political Economies as Moral Economies: Commodities, Gifts and Public Goods’ in – Janet Wasko, Graham Murdock and Helena Sousa (eds) The Blackwell Handbook of the Political Economy of Communication .Oxford. Blackwell ,2011
  • ‘Building the Digital Commons: Public Broadcasting in the Age of the Internet’ in- Per Jauert and Gregory F Lowe (eds) Cultural Dilemmas of Public Service Broadcasting. Gotebourg .NORDICOM Goteborg University ,2005,pp213-230.
  • ‘Rights and Representations : Public Discourse  and Cultural Citizenship’ in – Jostein Gripsrud (ed) Television and Common Knowledge. London.Routledge.1999, pp 7-17.
  • Peter Golding and Graham Murdock ‘Culture, Communications and Political Economy’ in – James Curran and Michael Gurevitch (eds) Mass Media and Society. London. Edward Arnold. 1991, pp 15-32.
  • Extended versions selected for inclusion in the substantially revised Second Edition (1996) Third Edition (2000) and Fourth Edition (2005)

Risks and Representations

  • ‘Shifting anxieties, altered media: risk communication in networked times’, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, Vol 2, No2, 2010,pp 159-176.
  •  ‘Popular Representation and Post-Normal Science: The Struggle over Genetically Modified Foods’ . In – Sandra Braman (ed) Biotechnology and Communication: The Meta-Technologies of Information . Mahwah. New Jersey .Lawrence Erlbaum Associates .2004, pp 227-259.
  • Graham Murdock, Judith Petts, and Tom Horlick-Jones ‘After Amplification: Rethinking the Role of the Media in Risk Communication’ – in Nick Pidgeon, Roger E Kasperson and Paul Slovic (eds) The Social Amplification of Risk Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp 156-178
  • Philip Schledsinger, Graham Murdock and Philip Elliott Televising ‘Terrorism’ : Political Violence in Popular Culture. London. Comedia Publishing Group. 1983, pp 181.