Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


School of Journalism and Mass Communications

First Advisor

Kathy R Forde


The following is an inquiry into the intellectual Legacy of James W. Carey. This study locates, classifies and critiques the three most salient currents of his work: (1) His critique of the intellectual history of mass communications and the positivism of the media 'effects tradition,' (2) his North American cultural studies alternative to the dominant ways of knowing in his discipline, (3) and his technological criticism. All three of these currents are discussed and evaluated in terms of Carey's contribution to the discipline. While Carey was neglectful is his analysis of institutions and issues of political economy, the author argues for a continuation of the conversations that Carey began with regards to the ways of knowing in the discipline of Journalism and Mass Communications and his analysis of technology and culture.