Communication Theories in a Multicultural World, edited by Clifford Christians and Kaarle Nordenstreng

Christians, Clifford / Nordenstreng, Kaarle (eds.)
Communication Theories in a Multicultural World
Bern, Peter Lang, 2014

Book synopsis

This volume is an up-to-date account of communication theories from around the world. Authored by a group of eminent scholars, each chapter is a history and state-of-the-art description of the major issues in international communication theory. While the book draws on an understanding of communication theory as a product of its socio-political and cultural context, and the challenges posed by that context, it also highlights each author’s lifetime effort to critique the existing trends in communication theory and bring out the very best in each multicultural context.


Kaarle Nordenstreng: Preface: Toward a Better World

Robert A. White: Keeping the Public Sphere(s) Public

Brenda Dervin/ Peter Shields: Talking Communicatively About Mass Communication in Communication Theories: Beyond Multiplicity, Toward Communicating

Denis McQuail: Social Scientific Theory of Communication Encounters Normativity: A Personal Memoir

Janet Wasko: Understanding the Critical Political Economy of the Media

Peter Golding/Karen Williamson: Power, Inequality, and Citizenship: The Enduring Importance of the Political Economy of Communications

Roger Bromley: Cultural Studies: Dialogue, Continuity, and Change

Michael Real/David Black: A Mutually Radicalizing Relationship: Communication Theory and Cultural Studies in the United States

Jesús Martin-Barbero: Thinking Communication in Latin America

Joseph Oládèjo Fáníran: Toward a Theory of African Communication

Keval J. Kumar: Theorizing About Communication in India: Sadharanikaran, Rasa, and Other Traditions in Rhetoric and Aesthetics

Thomas Tufte: Voice, Citizenship, and Civic Action: Challenges to Participatory Communication

Stewart M. Hoover: Media, Culture, and the Imagination of Religion

Pradip N. Thomas: Theorizing Development, Communication, and Social Change

Cees J. Hamelink: Human Rights and Communication: Reflections on a Challenging Relationship

Ruth Teer-Tomaselli/Keyan G. Tomaselli: Struggle, Vatican II, and Development Communication Practice

Paul A. Soukup, SJ: Media Ecology

Theodore L. Glasser/Isabel Awad: Journalism, Multiculturalism, and the Struggle for Solidarity

Clifford G. Christians: Media Ethics in Transnational, Gender Inclusive, and Multicultural Terms

About the editor(s)

Clifford Christians is Research Professor of Communications and Professor of Journalism Emeritus at the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Kaarle Nordenstreng is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Tampere, Finland.

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