chapter  6
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On locating critical concerns Communication research between Pragmatism and Marxism

Throughout the recent history of the field, repeated demands for more theoretical considerations and the call for new theories to help explain communication and media phenomena in modern society have met with a variety of responses. Central to these discussions has been the notion of culture as a context for communication and media research both within the established boundaries of a traditional sociology of mass communication, and as a central concern of a Marxist challenge to the American idealism of classical communication and media studies. The preceding chapters have provided an opportunity to suggest the possibilities of a vision of theory, or an orientation, that relies on understanding the need for historicizing theory and theorizing history. The following is an attempt to summarize the conditions of the field.