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Communication Theories in a Multicultural World


Edited By Clifford G. Christians and Kaarle Nordenstreng

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.
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Preface: Toward a Better World

Kaarle Nordenstreng

Part One: Overview

1Keeping the Public Sphere(s) Public

Robert A. White

Part Two: General Theoretical Conditions

2Talking Communicatively About Mass Communication in Communication Theories: Beyond Multiplicity, Toward Communicating

Brenda Dervin and Peter Shields

3Social Scientific Theory of Communication Encounters Normativity: A Personal Memoir

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