Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland

Author: Renee Guarriello Heath
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739183222
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The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Occupy movement using various communication theory perspectives. It considers global and local contexts of the movement from its cultural and economic roots to the views of participants, city officials, newspapers and social media. It grapples with how these perspectives represent romantic, practical, and critical understandings of the movement.

Power and Communication

Author: Silvia Leonzi
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443884391
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This book represents a significant contribution to the discussion on the part played by communication, especially in its mediated forms, in people’s lives, dwelling on the nature of the relationship between the notion of power and the media in current Western societies. The media have dramatically increased their capacity to exercise their symbolic force over other fields of cultural production, by partly structuring those intrinsic rules, values, and practices that organize, for example, the political system or the academic world from the inside. On the other hand, the media are intertwined environments subjected to the influence of other cultural, economic, and political forces, which, in turn, reveal themselves to be capable of framing reality through the media themselves. Particularly focusing on the topic of the economic crisis, the various chapters of this edited volume highlight how the relationship between the media and other forces capable of pervasively exercising their power appears to be, paradoxically, as strict as it is opaque. Social media and smart mobile technologies have increasingly affected the modalities whereby other institutions and organizations reflect on themselves and develop their worldviews. At the same time, however, politics and economics experts and strategists have all learned how to ‘exploit’ this potential for their own purposes. Detecting the opacity that characterizes this form of ‘exploitation’ is the first step in the acknowledgment of this phenomenon.

Natural Disasters and Risk Communication

Author: C. Vail Fletcher
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498556124
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This book examines the impending Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami from a communications perspective, using similar experiences of natural disaster preparedness and outcomes as case studies. It is an interdisciplinary consideration of how communities communicate and make sense of natural disasters.

The Discourse of Financial Crisis and Austerity

Author: Darren Kelsey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351984993
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This book demonstrates the importance of understanding how political rhetoric, financial reporting and media coverage of austerity in transnational contexts is significant to the communicative, social and economic environments in which we live. It considers how aspects of moral storytelling, language, representation and ideology operate through societies in financial crisis and through governments that impose austerity programmes on public spending. Whilst many of the debates covered here are concerned with UK economic policy and British social contexts, the contributions also consider examples from other countries that reflect similar concerns on the ideological operations of austerity and financial discourse. The multiple discursive contexts of austerity demonstrate the breadth of social concerns and conflicts that have developed in societies and institutions following the global economic crisis of 2008. Through its interdisciplinary focus on this topic, this book provides an important contribution across multiple subject areas, with shared interests in critical and analytical approaches to discourse, power and language in social contexts reflecting the healthy collaborative scope of critical discourse studies as a field of research. This book was originally published as a special issue of Critical Discourse Studies.

Society and Social Pathology

Author: R.C. Smith
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319503251
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This book offers one of the most comprehensive studies of social pathology to date, following a cross-disciplinary and methodologically innovative approach. It is written for anyone concerned with understanding current social conditions, individual health, and how we might begin to collectively conceive of a more reconciled postcapitalist world. Drawing reference from the most up-to-date studies, Smith crosses disciplinary boundaries from cognitive science and anthropology to critical theory, systems theory and psychology. Opening with an empirical account of numerous interlinked carises from mental health to the physiological effects of environmental pollution, Smith argues that mainstream sociological theories of pathology are deeply inadequate. Smith introduces an alternative critical conception of pathology that drills to the core of how and why society is deeply ailing. The book concludes with a detailed account of why a progressive and critical vision of social change requires a “holistic view” of individual and societal transformation. Such a view is grounded in the awareness that a sustainable transition to postcapitalism is ultimately a many-sided (social, individual, and structural) healing process.

Emp rt Euch

Author: Stéphane Hessel
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 384370063X
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Mit eindringlichen Worten ruft Stéphane Hessel zum friedlichen Widerstand gegen die Ungerechtigkeit in unserer Gesellschaft auf. Gegen die Diktatur des Finanzkapitalismus, gegen die Unterdrückung von Minderheiten, gegen die ökologische Zerstörung unseres Planeten. »93 Jahre. Das ist schon wie die allerletzte Etappe. Wie lange noch bis zum Ende? Die letzte Gelegenheit, die Nachkommenden teilhaben zu lassen an der Erfahrung, aus der mein politisches Engagement erwachsen ist.« Stéphane Hessels Streitschrift bewegt die Welt. Der gebürtige Berliner war Mitglied der Résistance, hat das KZ Buchenwald überlebt und ist einer der Mitautoren der Menschenrechtserklärung der Vereinten Nationen. Mit emphatischen Worten ruft der ehemalige französische Diplomat zum friedlichen Widerstand gegen die Unzulänglichkeiten unserer Gesellschaft auf. Er beklagt, dass der Finanzkapitalismus die Werte der Zivilisation bedroht und den Lauf der Welt diktiert. Er prangert die Lage der Menschenrechte an, kritisiert die Umweltzerstörung auf unserem Planeten und verurteilt die Politik Israels im Gaza-Streifen als Demütigung der Palästinenser. Stéphane Hessel ist das Gewissen der westlichen Welt und »Frankreichs Rebell der Stunde« (FAZ). Erleben Sie 'Empört Euch!' als 'fahrende Lichtinstallation': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGuGid4lLcE "Der Diplomat Stéphane Hessel" - Ein Kinodokumentarfilm. Jetzt auf DVD: www.derdiplomatstéphanehessel-derfilm.de