Critical Communication Studies: Essays on Communication, History and Theory in America

Routledge
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The development of communication studies has been a lively process of adoption and integration of theoretical constructs from Pragmatism, Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. Critical Communication Studies describes the intellectual and professional forces that have shaped research interests and formed alliances in the pursuit of particular goals.
Hanno Hardt reflects on the need to come to terms with the role of history in academic work and locates the intellectual history within the context of competing social theories. The book provides a substantive foundation for understanding the field and will be a major text in all courses dealing with communication history and theory.
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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Feb 22, 2008
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781134910311
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
Social Science / Media Studies
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Anne Fadiman
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

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