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C&SC - Communication & Social Change
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     ISSN (Print) 2014-5462
     Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [13 journals]
  • The International Journal of Communication and Social Change

    • Authors: Miguel Ángel Pulido-Rodríguez
      First page: 1
      PubDate: 2013-10-01
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2013)
  • Full Issue Volume 1, Number 1

    • Authors: Miguel Ángel Pulido-Rodríguez
      First page: 1
      PubDate: 2013-10-01
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2013)
  • Communication Theory and Social Change

    • Authors: Robert T. Craig
      First page: 5
      Abstract: Communication theory is not only about society; it is also in society and contributes to the evolution of the communication practices that constitute society, thereby participating in processes of social change. This theme is illustrated by examining the ideas of network and ritual to show how each emerged as a practical concept in Western culture long before it was theorized explicitly for scientific purposes, and how each concept has developed in conjunction with profound changes in the communicative constitution of society. Next, it is argued more generally that communication theory and practice interact in the medium of metadiscourse, and that the discourse about communication, on both theoretical and practical levels, also engages critically with other discourses such as traditional authoritarianism and political realism, thus being caught up in social conflicts. In this complex scene of metadiscursive controversy and social conflict, communication theory participates in social change. Finally, it is suggested that this view on the role of communication theory in social change can contribute to recent conversations about the development of Asian communication theory.
      PubDate: 2013-10-01
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2013)
  • Social Construction of Health Risk: Rhetorical Elements in Colombian and
           U.S. News Coverage of Coca Eradication

    • Authors: Adriana M. Ángel Botero, Austin S. Babrow
      First page: 19
      PubDate: 2013-10-01
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2013)
  • Groupthink as Communication Process, Not Outcome

    • Authors: Michael W. Kramer, Debbie S. Dougherty
      First page: 44
      Abstract: A bias of groupthink research is that it primarily examines group decisions that are viewed as catastrophic failures, such as the Bay of Pigs fiasco. An alternative approach focuses on groupthink as a faulty communication process rather than defining it by negative outcomes. Taking such an approach, this paper briefly explores some potential examples of decisions that may have involved groupthink communication processes but either had ambiguous outcomes or succeeded in accomplishing their goals. The analysis suggests the need to explore the communication processes that result in groupthink while recognizing that the outcomes may be negative, ambiguous, or even positive.
      PubDate: 2013-10-01
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2013)
  • Microfinance, Digital Media and Social Change: A Visual Analysis of

    • Authors: Franklin Nii Amankwah Yartey
      First page: 63
      Abstract: Using theoretical frameworks from Appadurai, (1990); Nakamura, (2008) and Gajjala and Birzescu, (2010), this study employs visual analysis to examined the communication processes employed in acquiring loans for people in developing countries. 26 images and 26 narratives on were critically examined. The results for this study suggested that though online microfinance through web 2.0 communication technologies has added a new dimension to global lending, by providing people who otherwise would not have access to loan products, many of the so called poorest of the poor do not have direct access to global communication tools that are used to represent them on sites such as kiva. The study suggests the representation of borrowers from developing countries is riddled with issues.  
      PubDate: 2013-10-01
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2013)
  • La Trilogía Sobre ‘Communication Activism’:
           ‘Communication for Social Change’, ‘Media and
           Performance Activism’ y ‘Struggling for Social Justice Amidst

    • Authors: Sandra Girbés Peco
      First page: 90
      Abstract: Frey, L.R. & Carragee, K.M. (Eds). (2007). Communication Activism: Comunication for Social Change. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc. ISBN: 1-57273-697-6 Frey, L.R. & Carragee, K.M. (Eds). (2007). Communication Activism: Media and Performance Activism. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, Inc. ISBN: 1-57273-699-2 Frey, L.R. & Carragee, K.M. (Eds). (2012). Communication Activism: Struggling for Social Justice Amidst Difference. New York, NY: Hampton Press, Inc. ISBN: 1-61289-062-3
      PubDate: 2013-10-01
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2013)
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