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Routledge New Directions in Public Relations & Communication Research


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Current academic thinking about public relations (PR) and related communication is a lively, expanding marketplace of ideas and many scholars believe that it’s time for its radical approach to be deepened. Routledge New Directions in PR & Communication Research is the forum of choice for this new thinking. Its key strength is its remit, publishing critical and challenging responses to continuities and fractures in contemporary PR thinking and practice, tracking its spread into new geographies and political economies. It questions its contested role in market-orientated, capitalist, liberal democracies around the world, and examines its invasion of all media spaces, old, new, and as yet unenvisaged.

We actively invite new contributions and offer academics a welcoming place for the publication of their analyses of a universal, persuasive mind-set that lives comfortably in old and new media around the world.

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Climate Change Denial and Public Relations: Strategic communication and interest groups in climate inaction

Climate Change Denial and Public Relations: Strategic communication and interest groups in climate inaction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Núria Almiron, Jordi Xifra
July 12, 2019

This is the first book on climate change denial and lobbying that combines the ideology of denial and the role of anthropocentrism in the study of interest groups and communication strategy. Climate Change Denial and Public Relations: Strategic Communication and Interest Groups in Climate Inaction...

Public Relations as Emotional Labour

Public Relations as Emotional Labour

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Liz Yeomans
June 21, 2019

Inextricably linked to neoliberal market economies, Public Relations’ influence in our promotional culture is profound. Yet many aspects of the professional role are under-researched and poorly understood, including the impact on workers who construct displays of feeling to elicit a desired...

Public Relations in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: An Arab Perspective

Public Relations in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: An Arab Perspective

1st Edition

Talal M Almutairi, Dean Kruckeberg
April 09, 2019

The Arab world has engaged in public relations for thousands of years, and the public relations literature provides multiple examples extending from ancient times. However, modern public relations is much more vaguely defined. This is partly because the research surrounding public relations...

Protest Public Relations: Communicating dissent and activism

Protest Public Relations: Communicating dissent and activism

1st Edition

Ana Adi
November 09, 2018

Global movements and protests from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement have been attributed to growing access to social media, while without it, local causes like #bringbackourgirls and the ice bucket challenge may have otherwise remained unheard and unseen. Regardless of their nature –...

Social Media, Organizational Identity and Public Relations: The Challenge of Authenticity

Social Media, Organizational Identity and Public Relations: The Challenge of Authenticity

1st Edition

Amy Thurlow
November 05, 2018

Public relations has been swift to grasp social media, yet its impact on public relations practice remains relatively unexplored. This book focusses on a way of understanding organizational identity construction in a virtual context, developing scholarship on the importance of a virtual presence in...

Public Relations in Japan: Evolution of Communication Management in a Culture of Lifetime Employment

Public Relations in Japan: Evolution of Communication Management in a Culture of Lifetime Employment

1st Edition

Tomoki Kunieda, Koichi Yamamura, Junichiro Miyabe
October 02, 2018

Despite its rapid economic development, Japan lacks a large public relations industry and its role is viewed very differently from its Western counterparts. PR functions are handled predominantly in-house and a degree in a PR field is not a hiring requirement for those agencies which do operate....

Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Relations and Community Engagement: Emerging Perspectives from South East Asia

Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Relations and Community Engagement: Emerging Perspectives from South East Asia

1st Edition

Marianne D. Sison, Zeny Sarabia-Panol
September 06, 2018

Diverse in economic development, political and mass media systems, the countries in Southeast Asia cast a unique light on the parallels between development-cum-participative communication and corporate social responsibility. In our globalized environments, knowledge of power, culture and the...

Public Interest Communication: Critical Debates and Global Contexts

Public Interest Communication: Critical Debates and Global Contexts

1st Edition

Jane Johnston, Magda Pieczka
August 02, 2018

Communication has become the technology of public interest, demanding a re-examination of the key concept of public in both public relations and communication theory. This book defines a new concept of public interest communication, combining the conflict, negotiation and adaptation inherent in...

Public Relations and Individuality: Fate, Technology and Autonomy

Public Relations and Individuality: Fate, Technology and Autonomy

1st Edition

Simon Moore
May 03, 2018

Our individuality is partly shaped by encounters with the external world so it is inconceivable that we are unaffected by the planned management of public communications which manages much of our external experience. Exploring one of the most important mediators between organizations and individual...

Visual Public Relations: Strategic Communication Beyond Text

Visual Public Relations: Strategic Communication Beyond Text

1st Edition

Simon Collister, Sarah Roberts-Bowman
April 05, 2018

This book brings together a broad and diverse range of new and radical approaches to public relations focussing on the increasingly vital role that visual, sensory and physical elements factors play in shaping communication. Engaging with recent developments in critical and cultural theories, it...

Positioning Theory and Strategic Communication: A new approach to public relations research and practice

Positioning Theory and Strategic Communication: A new approach to public relations research and practice

1st Edition

Melanie James
April 03, 2018

In public relations, people talk about positioning an idea, a persona, a political ideal, an ideology – but what are they talking about? Why do some positions taken by organizations crystallize in the minds of audiences, while others fail?  Whilst positioning is not something new in public...

Strategic Communication, Social Media and Democracy: The challenge of the digital naturals

Strategic Communication, Social Media and Democracy: The challenge of the digital naturals

1st Edition

W. Timothy Coombs, Jesper Falkheimer, Mats Heide, Philip Young
April 03, 2018

Today almost everyone in the developed world spends time online and anyone involved in strategic communication must think digitally. The magnitude of change may be up for debate but the trend is unstoppable, dramatically reconfiguring business models, organisational structures and even the practice...

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