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Communicating with Power

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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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Editor’s Introduction (Cherian George)

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Editor’s Introduction

CHERIAN GEORGE



This collection draws from presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), held in Fukuoka, Japan. The conference theme, “Communicating with Power,” proved to be a particularly evocative one, stimulating a wide range of submissions reflecting the field’s diversity. The theme was deliberately ambiguous. It could refer to engagement with those in power, or the act of speaking powerfully. And, especially for scholars looking at where digital communication has brought us—like Sandra Braman in Chapter 1—there is also a sense in which information flows as such can amount to significant exercises of power.

To do justice to the ICA conference, the chapters are nothing if not eclectic. They draw from different disciplines and academic traditions, and engage with the theme 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 collection straddles different methodologies and styles, from survey research to essays. What unites them is a common acknowledgement that—despite seemingly ubiquitous communication and abundant information, and although political and economic markets are more open than they have ever been—there is no escaping the fact that we operate in fields where power is distributed unevenly. The following chapters represent different ways of analyzing and responding to asymmetries of power.

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