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Routledge New Directions in PR & 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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Public Relations, Branding and Authenticity: Brand Communications in the Digital Age

Public Relations, Branding and Authenticity: Brand Communications in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sian Rees
March 03, 2020

Public Relations, Branding and Authenticity: Brand Communications in the Digital Age explores the role of PR and branding in society by considering the notion of authentic communications within the context of an emerging digital media environment. This qualitative analysis explores the challenge...

Post-Truth Public Relations: Communication in an Era of Digital Disinformation

Post-Truth Public Relations: Communication in an Era of Digital Disinformation

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Gareth Thompson
February 25, 2020

This book explores the purpose, practice and effects of public relations (PR) at a time that has been variously described as an era of populism, post-truth and fake news. It considers how public relations processes have contributed to the current social condition of post-truth and what constitutes...

Public Relations and Whistleblowing: Golden Handcuffs in Corporate Wrongdoing

Public Relations and Whistleblowing: Golden Handcuffs in Corporate Wrongdoing

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Cary A. Greenwood
January 01, 2020

There is a growing interest in corporate whistleblowing, but no comprehensive research has yet focused on public relations practice. Drawing on extensive research on Fortune 1000 and Wilshire 5000 corporations, this book reveals executives’ attitudes and relationships toward their organizations and...

Popular culture and social change: The hidden work of public relations

Popular culture and social change: The hidden work of public relations

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Judy Motion, Kate Fitch
December 01, 2019

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

Núria Almiron, Jordi Xifra
July 09, 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

Liz Yeomans
June 06, 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...

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