Introduction: Communication as Carey


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This is an introduction to an edited collection of essays which critique the writing of James Carey. In the 1970s Carey published a series of essays in which he argued for the viability of an analysis of communication centered on culture. We outline Carey’s argument in the context of the more than 80 years and reviews he has written to emphasize the American exceptionalism of his theory and object. We then offer a critique of Carey’s project through the essays which comprise the collection. This critique focuses on Carey’s definition of culture.


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