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Communicating with Power


Edited By Cherian George

Communication is ubiquitous and information is abundant. Political and economic markets are more open than they have ever been. Yet, there is no escaping the fact that communication continues to flow across fields where power is distributed unevenly. This collection of articles analyzes and responds to asymmetries of power in a diversity of contexts. They are drawn from presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, held in Fukuoka, Japan. The conference theme presented an opening for scholars from various disciplines and academic traditions to engage with the questions of power at different levels of analysis—from micro sites of power like a doctor’s consultation room, to the geopolitical arenas where nations wage war, make peace, and spy on one another. The resulting collection straddles different methodologies and styles, from survey research to essays. Leading scholars and junior researchers have combined to create a volume that reflects the breadth of communication scholarship and its contemporary concerns.

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The Contributors


Omar Al-Ghazzi is Lecturer at the Department of Journalism Studies, the University of Sheffield. He will be joining the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science as an Assistant Professor in September 2017. A former Fulbright scholar, his research interests are in global communication, comparative journalism, activism and collective memory, with a focus on the Middle East. Omar’s work has appeared in journals such as Communication Theory, Media, Culture & Society, and Popular Communication.

Peng Hwa Ang is Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is President of the International Communication Association from June 2016. His research interests lie in media law and policy and he has consulted on the subject for the governments of Singapore, Thailand and Bhutan. A lawyer by training, he is the author of Ordering Chaos: Regulating the Internet (Thomson, 2005).

François Bar is an Associate Professor of Communication and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California. His research and teaching explore the social and economic impacts of information technologies, with a specific focus on telecommunication policy, user-driven innovation and technology appropriation. His most recent work examines the potential of information technology for economic, social and cultural development, in places ranging from East Africa to Latin America and South Los Angeles. ← vii | viii →

Sandra Braman is Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Communication at Texas A...

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