The Science of the Commons

The Science of the Commons: A Note on Communication Methodology

By Muniz Sodré and translated by David Hauss - This is the ninth title in the Palgrave/IAMCR book series Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research.

The Science of the Commons: A Note on Communication Methodology proposes a new mode of comprehending communication. Leaving aside a sociological and linguistic model that defines communication as a process of information transmission, this book introduces an innovative ethical-political understanding of communication as a connection of the common, the cohesive tie of the community. Muniz Sodré critiques the weak ethical and political aspirations of the field of communication and suggests the construction of a ‘post-disciplinary’ science, set against the classic disciplines of sociology, anthropology and economics, which resists a global ideology of financialization. Moving the field of communication beyond media studies to a philosophical reflection on the roots of the community, The Science of the Commons is a ground-breaking book that offers fresh perspectives for the study of communication worldwide. 

This book:

  • Provides a ground-breaking new perspective on communication studies
  • Challenges standard sociological and anthropological thinking on media
  • Sheds light on the true theoretical core of communication and its interdisciplinary background

Muniz Sodré is Professor Emeritus at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a member of IAMCR.

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  1. Introduction
  2. A Post-disciplinary Science
  3. A Financial Ideology
  4. A Science for the Virtual Bios
  5. The Organization of the Common

The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: The Science of the Commons: A Note on Communication Methodology
Authors: Muniz Sodré
Published: 2019
Pages: 248
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan