This article develops a number of conceptual and methodological proposals aimed at furthering a firmer agenda for the field of socialist television studies. It opens by addressing the issue of relevance of the field, identifying three critical contributions the study of socialist television can make to media, communication and cultural studies. It then puts forward a number of proposals tied to three key issues: strategies of overcoming the Cold War framework that dominates much of existing literature; the importance of a multilayered analysis of socialist television that considers its cultural, political as well as economic aspects; and the ways in which we can challenge the prevalence of methodological nationalism in the field.

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Keywords television, socialism, Cold War, theory, methodology, modernity, nation, class
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Journal VIEW Journal
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Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 3, No 5 (2014): Television Histories in (Post)Socialist Europe; 7-16
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Mihelj, Sabina. (2014). Understanding Socialist Television: Concepts, Objects, Methods. VIEW Journal, 3(5), 7–16.

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