Deliberation Democracy and the Media

Author: Simone Chambers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847698110
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Interdisciplinary discussion of the ways in which the media is and can be used in the service of deliberative equality within the public sphere--and of the ways in which the media can function to both facilitate and inhibit deliberative democracy. [back cover].

Redeveloping Communication for Social Change

Author: Karin Gwinn Wilkins
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847695881
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To reshape the field of development communication, Redeveloping Communication for Social Change proposes situating theory and practice within contexts of power, recognizing both the ability of dominant groups to control and the potential for marginal communities to resist. Contributors from communication and anthropology explore the global and institutional structures within which agencies construct social problems and interventions, the discourse guiding the normative climate for conceiving and implementing projects, and the practice of strategic interventions for social change. Examining early and emerging models of development, power dynamics, ethnographic approaches, gender issues, and information technologies, they speculate how a framework accounting for power might contribute toward new directions and applications in the field. Instead of mourning the demise of development communication, this volume should provoke critical debate that will help us change our approaches to meet new challenges.

Public Opinion

Author: Slavko Splichal
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847691630
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A survey of the historical roots, theoretical foundations and normative claims of 20th-century conceptualizations of public opinion. It examines research strategies such as polling, the "spiral of silence" model, and the role of the media in the formation and expression of public opinion.

Social Theories of the Press

Author: Hanno Hardt
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742511340
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This text shows how and why US educational reforms must seek to build upon rather than downplay the native culture and language of minority students. The work includes stories from teachers and students that show what works - and what doesn't - in creating effective educational opportunties.

Deregulating telecommunications

Author: Kevin G. Wilson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN:
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Deregulating Telecommunications critically examines the transition from monopoly to competition in the U.S. and Canadian telecommunications industries. Accessibly written with a minimum of technical language, this thorough yet concise book looks at the history of the telephone industry, its regulation, and over a century of related public policy.

The information society in Europe

Author: Ken Ducatel
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN:
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For four decades now, information and communication technologies have been seen as principal drivers of socio-economic change. Stimulated in recent years by the Internet, the National Information Infrastructure, and European Information Society strategies, the OInformation SocietyO has undergone a new wave of developments. In its new form, the Information Society directly affects the everyday lives of citizens, provoking concerns about the future of work, information overload, access to continuing education, surveillance, and privacy. This volume examines a wide range of issues at stake in the European Union, from employment and the labor market, to the domestication of technologies in households, to larger implications for political processes and democracy. Extending comparisons to other industrialized countries, it demonstrates that the Information Society is far too diverse and rich to be typified in simplistic dichotomies such as information OhavesO and Ohave notsO and that simple upbeat or pessimistic responses to the new technologies are surely false messengers for the future. The authors discern general social trends and patterns in the way that these very important technologies already affect our lives and work. But they find there is still considerable room to use the technologies as a positive force for social change or, equally, to fail to take up any positive opportunities. This book helps broaden and inform communication technology debates worldwide and will be of interest to academics, students, industrialists, policymakers, and anyone who wishes to better understand the impacts of the new Information Society in Europe and beyond.

The Media and Social Theory

Author: David Hesmondhalgh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134061420
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Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives. Case studies range from reality television to professional journalism, from blogging to control of copyright, from social networking sites to indigenous media, in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Among the theoretical approaches and issues addressed are: critical realism post-structuralist approaches to media and culture Pierre Bourdieu and field theory public sphere theory – including post-Habermasian versions actor network theory Marxist and post-Marxist theories, including contemporary critical theory theories of democracy, antagonism and difference. This volume is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers of cultural studies, media studies and social theory.

Global Media Governance

Author: Seán Ó Siochrú
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9780742515659
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This book is a primer on media governance at a global level and the key influencing forces and organizations, such as ITU, WTO, UNESCO, WIPO, and ICANN. Anyone interested in the media and its progressively rising influence over so many dimensions of society can look here for an introduction to media regulation, governance structures, and trends. Published in cooperation with UNRISD.

Ferdinand T nnies on public opinion

Author: Ferdinand Tönnies
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN: 9780742501683
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This book presents, for the first time in English, selections from Ferdinand Tonnies' classic Kritik der offentlichen Meinung (Critique of Public Opinion). Communication scholars Hanno Hardt and Slavko Splichal give a brief history of public opinion and provide the translation and original analyses of Tonnies' work, situating it theoretically and historically.

Continental order

Author: Vincent Mosco
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN:
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Continental Order? examines the converging culture, telecommunications, and new media industries in North America, asking who has power in regional and global media. Experts from the United States, Mexico, and Canada address specific sectors and problems: newspapers and magazines, video and film, telecommunications and new media, sport and leisure, marketing, and education. With a broadly political-economic perspective, this book provides a critical account of changes occurring in the aftermath of regional and international trade agreements, such as NAFTA, and sets these changes in the global context of an emerging transnational communication industry. Visit our website for sample chapters!