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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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ROGER BROMLEY is Visiting Professor at Lancaster University, Emeritus Pro- fessor in Cultural Studies and Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham, and Associate Fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa . He held a postgraduate fellowship at the University of Illinois and then worked for forty- four years in a range of UK higher education institutions . He is the author of Lost Narratives: Popular Fictions and Politics (1988), Narratives for a New Belong- ing: Diasporic Cultural Fictions (2000), and four other books, as well as articles on conflict, post-conflict, and reconciliation (Rwanda, Bosnia, South Africa, and Palestine) . His current research interests also include migration, diaspora, and cinematic representations of refugees and asylum seekers . In 1975, he was one of the team at Portsmouth Polytechnic that launched the first ever undergraduate program in cultural studies . CLIFFORD G . CHRISTIANS is Research Professor of Communications Emeri- tus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was director of the Institute of Communications Research for sixteen years . He has been a visit- ing scholar in philosophical ethics at Princeton University, in social ethics at the University of Chicago, and a PEW fellow in ethics at Oxford University . He com- pleted the third edition of Rivers and Schramm’s Responsibility in Mass Commu- nication, has coauthored Jacques Ellul: Interpretive Essays with Jay Van Hook, and has written Teaching Ethics in Journalism Education with Catherine Covert . He is the coauthor with Mark Fackler and John Ferré of Good News: Social Ethics and the Press (Oxford) and...

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