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The Science of the Commons

A Note on Communication Methodology


  • 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


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Muniz Sodré
    Pages 1-7
  3. Muniz Sodré
    Pages 9-33
  4. Muniz Sodré
    Pages 35-83
  5. Muniz Sodré
    Pages 85-144
  6. Muniz Sodré
    Pages 145-241
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 243-248

About this book


The Science of the Commons 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. 


Media ecology Communication theory Epistemology Science of communication Heidegger Baudrillard Buber

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Rio de JaneiroBrazil

About the authors

Muniz Sodré is Professor Emeritus at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a visiting professor at several European and Latin American universities. He has published over 30 books on communication.  

David Hauss is a translator based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has translated for a variety of companies and organizations, including think tanks, NGOs, universities, Netflix, and Globo. His work has ranged from academic and fiction books to screenplays and short stories.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Science of the Commons
  • Book Subtitle A Note on Communication Methodology
  • Authors Muniz Sodré
  • Series Title Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-14496-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-14499-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-14497-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Media and Communication
    Cultural Theory
    Media Sociology
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