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This handbook bridges "explicit" treatments of ethical issues in communication and "implicit" considerations of ethics, putting under one umbrella analyses and applications that draw upon recognized ethical theories and those which, while they do not cite traditional ethical theorists, nevertheless engage important questions of power, equality, and justice. The collection has three major sections: resources for theoretical understanding and insight; application to specialties of communication study; and contemporary issues of social and economic justice. The Handbook fills an important niche in the literature of communication studies, through consolidating knowledge about the multiple relationships between communication and ethics, by systematically treating areas of application, and by "introducing" explicit and implicit examinations of communication ethics to one another.This volume is developed to be the most comprehensive guide to the study of communication and ethics available. It is primarily intended for scholars in communication and related disciplines, who will use the Handbook as a resource for their research; instructors who will use the Handbook as a main point of reference in graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in communication and ethics; and university libraries that want a comprehensive resource for research in the study of communication and ethics. Scholars in other fields where applied ethics holds interest will also benefit from this volume.
George Cheney (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1985) is the John T. Jones Centennial Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he held faculty appointments at the Universities of Illinois, Colorado, Montana, and Utah. Also, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Management Communication at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He has (co-)authored or (co-)edited seven other books as well as 90 articles, chapters, and commentaries. He is a past chair of the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association; has been recognized for instruction, scholarship, and service; and maintains a strong commitment to community engagement. Steve May (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1993) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include The Debate Over Corporate Social Responsibility (with George Cheney and Juliet Roper), Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices and Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives (with Dennis Mumby). He is a Leadership Fellow at the Institute for the Arts and the Humanities and an Ethics Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics. He was recently named a Houle Engaged Scholar by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Page Legacy Scholar by Pennsylvania State University. He is a past editor of Management Communication Quarterly and associate editor of The Journal of Applied Communication Research and The Journal of Business Communication. Debashish Munshi (Ph.D., University of Waikato, 2000) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Communication at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He is co-author of Reconfiguring Public Relations: Ecology, Equity, and Enterprise and co-editor of On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions. His work has also been published in a range of international journals including Management Communication Quarterly, New Media Society, Business Communication Quarterly, Cultural Politics, Public Relations Review, Feminist Media Studies, Review of Communication, and Futures.
Table of Contents
Encountering Communication Ethics in the Contemporary World: Principles, People, and Contexts
Theory Old and New
A Contribution to Ethical Theory and Praxis
Ethics, Rhetoric, and Discourse
Situating a Dialogic Ethics: A Dialogic Confession
Feminist Discursive Ethics
Power and Ethics
What Are We, Then? Postmodernism, Globalization, and the Meta-Ethics of Contemporary Communication
Decolonizing Communication Ethics: A Framework for Communicating Otherwise
Contexts of Application and Theory Development
Interpersonal Communication Ethics
Ethical Challenges in Small Group Communication
Communication Ethics and Organizational Contexts: Divergent Values and Moral Puzzles
Journalism Ethics in Theory and Practice
Ethical Dimensions of New Technology/Media
Public Relations and Marketing: Ethical Issues and Professional Practice in Society
Visual Communication in Traditional and Digital Contexts
The Search for Social Justice and the Presumption of Innocence in the Duke University (USA) Lacrosse Case of 2006-2007: Implications for Contemporary Legal and Ethical Communication
Political Communication Ethics: Postmodern Opportunities and Challenges
Ethics in Health Communication
Science, Democracy, and the Prospect for Deliberation
Intercultural Communication Ethics: Multiple Layered Issues
Diversity, Identity, and Multiculturalism in the Media: The Case of Muslims in the British Press
Hierarchies of Equality: Positive Peace in a Democratic Idiom
Democracy, Publicness, and Global Governance
Religion, State, and Secularism: How Should States Deal with Deep Religious Diversity?
Truth, Evils, Justice, and the Event of Wild(er)ness: Using Badiou to Think the Ethics of Environmentalism
Economic Justice and Communication Ethics: Considering Multiple Points of Intersection
The Polyphony of Corporate Social Responsibility: Deconstructing Accountability and Transparency in the Context of Identity and Hypocrisy
When Unreason Masquerades as Reason: Can Law Regulate Trade and Networked Communication Ethically?
Response and Conclusion: A Vision of Applied Ethics for Communication Studies
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