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Communication Research and Practice


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.

List of Illustrations – List of Tables – D. Travers Scott/Adrienne Shaw: Interventions: Introduction – Paula M. Gardner: Interventions in Communication: ICA’s Scholarly Innovations That Interrupt, Resituate, Alter Results, and Incite Social Change – Ke Jiang/George A. Barnett: The Structure of the International Communication Association—2016: A Network Analysis – Vicki Mayer/Andrea Press/Deb Verhoeven/Jonathan Sterne: How Do We Intervene in the Stubborn Persistence of Patriarchy in Communication Scholarship? – Agnes Lucy Lando/Miriam Kwena Ayieko: Toward Africa Continental Academic Body and Africa-Centered Scholarship: The Case for Internal and External Collaboration in Research and Practice – Angharad N. Valdivia: Intersectional Borders: A Challenge to the Field of Communication and Media Studies – Bala A. Musa: Voicing Communal Wisdom in Communication Scholarship: Theorizing African Cultural Noesis in Research and Practice – Clare O’Connor: Hearing the Real: Tanya Tagaq and the Cultural Politics of Wish Sounds – Ryan Ellis: Anatomy of a Failed Intervention: The FCC Revisits Municipal Broadband – Susan B. Kretchmer/Tomasz Drabowicz: Exploring the Disability Digital Divide: Research That Impacts Interventions Through Policy and Practice – Marisa Brandt/Luke Stark: Exploring Digital Interventions in Mental Health: A Roadmap – Bethany Grace Howe: From Company-Mandated Equality to Employees’ Perceived Equality: How Internal Public Relations Make a Difference to Transgender Employees – Antonieta Mercado: When Borders Are the Intervention and Colonialism the Framework: Indigenous Migrants in the United States – Nour Halabi: If These Walls Could Speak: Borders and Walls as Communicative Devices – Mel Stanfill/Khadijah Costley White/Chris Gurrie/Jenny Ungb ha Korn/Jason M. Martin: Climate on Campus: Intersectional Interventions in Contemporary Struggles – Miyase Christensen: Art and Activism on Hospitality and Solidarity – Pamela Pietrucci/Andrea Baldini: Yarnbombing Interventions: "Let’s Patch It!" – Lynn Comella/Ryan Olbrysh: Sexual Representation and Visual Communication in the Editorial Design Space – Lisa Henderson/Mél Hogan/Aymar Jean Christian/John Nguyet Erni: A Dossier on Making and Doing – Contributors.