"The Cultural Industries is an indispensable guide to the main forces at work in the production of media today. This lucid, careful and sophisticated book orders the entire field, for the US as well as Europe, and at one stroke becomes the state of the art, the standard." -- Todd Gitlin, Columbia University What are the "cultural industries"? What role do they play in contemporary society? How are they changing? The Cultural Industries combines a political economy approach with the best aspects of cultural studies, sociology, communication studies and social theory to provide an overview of the key debates surrounding cultural production. The book: Considers both the entertainment and the information sectors Combines analysis of the contemporary scene with a long-range historical perspective Draws on an range of examples from North America, the UK, Europe and elsewhere Hesmondhalgh's clearly written, thoroughly argued overview of political-economic, organizational, technological and cultural change represents an important intervention in research on cultural production, but at the same time provides students with an accessible, indispensable introduction to the area.