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Interventions

Communication Research and Practice

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Edited By Adrienne Shaw and D. Travers Scott

This volume brings together a range of papers that fruitfully engage with the theme of the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, held in San Diego, California: Interventions. Here "intervention" points to a range of communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice, in order to alter and disrupt events and the norms and practices that contribute to their occurrence.  Interventions prohibit events from proceeding in a "normal" course. Interventions approach or critique practices and phenomenon resulting from tensions or absences occurring in: events, structures, (institutional governmental, media industry), discourses, and socio-cultural and subcultural events. Intervention presents the opportunity to explore boundaries, assumptions and strategies that appear to be different or irreconcilable, viewing them instead as possibilities for productive engagements. Communication interventions—in both research and practice—insert insights from diverse voices, marginal positions, emerging organizational practices and digital technologies, to broaden and enrich dialogue. Interventions bring complex reframings to events and phenomenon. Interventions seek to alter a course and effect changed practices in a range of spheres: governmental and social institutions, cultural and nongovernmental groups; industry and organizational life, new media and digital spaces, socio-cultural environments, subcultural groups, health environments, affective and behavioral life, and in everyday life.

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Interventions: Introduction

D. TRAVERS SCOTT AND ADRIENNE SHAW

The theme for the 2017 International Communication Association Annual conference was: Interventions. As described in the call for papers:

“Intervention” points to a range of communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice, in order to alter and disrupt events and the norms and practices that contribute to their occurrence. Interventions prohibit events from proceeding in a “normal” course. Interventions approach or critique practices and phenomenon resulting from tensions or absences occurring in: events, structures (institutional, governmental, media industry), discourses, and socio-cultural and subcultural events. Intervention presents the opportunity to explore boundaries, assumptions, and strategies that appear to be different or irreconcilable, viewing them instead as possibilities for productive engagements.

It was a theme that brought together the two pillars of communication as a discipline: research and practice. Our field is diverse but characterized by research on, theorizing about, and producing a wide range of meaning-making practices. This means that our work intersects with every aspect of human life, and, whether by offering practical solutions and best practices or critique of the status quo, the best of our work intervenes in some way. Moreover, as the conference call indicates, “whether made through action, publication, theory, art practice, media production, or making practices, inventions aid us in better understanding and addressing pressing global issues of the day.” From political upheavals and climate...

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