The article summarizes the Italian debate on the concept of cultural industry, since the first translations of the main authors in the field (Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Morin). The article is articulated in three parts. The first one discusses the way the national debate developed the concept, following the main indications of the authors quoted above. The second part follows the two main theoretical path in studies on cultural industry in italian bibliography: the sociohistorical studies on the media production and the ethno-social studies on creative industries. The third part proposes some questions about the possible development of the studies in the era of digitalization.
Keywords: Cultural industry, Italian studies, media, culture.