Market Killing


Market Killing


What the free market does and what social scientists can do bout it

By Greg Philo and David Miller


This book shows how the release of the free market in the last part of the twentieth century produced a rise in inequality and violence, the development of a huge criminal economy ad the degradation of social and cultural life.

It questions the silence of academics in the face of these changes and asks how much they have been incorporated into the priorities of commerce and governments. Many academics in the social sciences and media and cultural studies have avoided critical issues and become occupied in obscure theoretical debates such as post-modernism. The book contains a detailed analysis of the post-modern turn and looks specifically at related areas such as the active audience, discursive practice, popular culture, identity and difference, the focus on pleasure and consumption. The authors argue that the effect of much of this work was to draw intellectuals and students away from the engaged and empirical work needed to identify key social problems and possibilities for change.

The authors point to the need for independent research which can criticise political policies and reveal their effects. It also examines the possibilities for a free and democratic media and calls for the development of critical and open public debate.

With additional essays by Noam Chomsky, Derek Bouse Angela McRobbie, John Corner, Chris Hamnett, Andrew Gamble, Philip Schlesinger, Barbara Epstein, James Curran, Danny Schechter and Hilary Wainwright

Greg Philo is Research Director of the Glasgow University Media Unit , University of Glasgow

David Miller is a member of Stirling Media Research Institute, University of Stirling.

Market Killing is published by Longman , priced £16.99, 2001.

Available at Pearsoned and Amazon

altAlso in: Catalan translation (2010) Els mercats assassins: Estudis culturals, mitjans de comunicacio i conformisme Translated by Rafael Xambo, published in Valencia by Universitat de Valencia, ISBN 978-84-370-7416-0


Extracts from reviews

'This is a book for academics and cultural studies students brave enough to use the ammunition it contains to attempt to bring their teachers down to earth.' Mike Tomlinson, Queens University, Irish Press

'a major onslaught on the film and cultural studies tradition by two significant voices from the media-studies community. It will fuel a debate that has been rumbling on in the United Kingdom -if not sotto voce, at least for the most part politely coded - for several years. Articles and chapters addressing the media/cultural-studies divide have been appearing over the past few years, but this book represents the end of the polite conversation and the start of something altogether more vigorous -and three cheers for that... a powerful critique of current orthodoxies.' Ivor Gaber, Goldsmiths College, THES.

'Reminiscent of Alvin Gouldner's announcement of 'the coming crisis of western sociology... Philo and Miller are asking for a renewal of critical socisl science to make up for what they perceive as the deficiencies of an all-too-fashionable "media/cultural studies"' Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University, Sociology

'Market Killing is a terrific book. It articulates very clearly what the consequences and costs, culturally-economically-politically, of post-modernist academic theorisation have been.' Media Channel, Book Corner

'a very weak "critique" of postmodernism and truth, with very well rehearsed arguments, which have been responded to many times. The argument very rarely gets above the level of name calling' Shaun Best, Nottingham Trent University, British Journal of Sociology




McGuigan, Jim 'Critical Renewal? Review Essay' Sociology 2003, 37(3), pages: 591 PDF

McGuigan, Jim, Journalism Studies, Vol. 2, No. 4, November 2001: 629-31 PDF
Shaun Best 'Market Killing', British Journal of Sociology, June 2001, 52(2), p363-4 PDF

Shaun Best 'Market Killing' Edited by Greg Philo and David Miller Longman 2000 - A review
William Clark, 'The Tainted Word An investigation into the work of the often quoted but little understood consultancy Demos'. Variant 13 Summer 2001. , text , pdf

The Times Higher Education Supplement March 16, 2001 SECTION: CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES; BOOKS; No.1478; Pg.26 Timely Attack On Nonsense Ivor Gaber

Irish Press, Saturday 11 November 2000 Review by Mike Tomlinson

The Times Higher Education Supplement November 3, 2000 SECTION: LEADING ARTICLE; OPINION; No.1460; Pg.16 LENGTH: 646 words HEADLINE: Only Openness And Integrity Will Reassure Public

John Crace, with additional reporting by Lee Elliot Major, 'Silent Witness' The Guardian, Tuesday October 31, 2000.,4273,4083615,00.html

Laurie Taylor 'Time to join the real world', The Guardian, Wednesday July 5, 2000.,4273,4036751,00.html