Communication Researchers and Policy-Making: An MIT Press Sourcebook

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As the global information infrastructure evolves, the field of communication has the opportunity to renew itself while addressing the urgent policy need for new ways of thinking and new data to think about. Communication Researchers and Policy-making examines diverse relationships between the communication research and policy communities over more than a century and the issues that arise out of those interactions. The book provides primary material in the form of reports on such relationships spanning time ...

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Overview

As the global information infrastructure evolves, the field of communication has the opportunity to renew itself while addressing the urgent policy need for new ways of thinking and new data to think about. Communication Researchers and Policy-making examines diverse relationships between the communication research and policy communities over more than a century and the issues that arise out of those interactions. The book provides primary material in the form of reports on such relationships spanning time periods, subject matter, policy issues, decision-making venues, and governments.The essays range from historical pieces on the importance of communication research since the beginning of systematic policy analysis and on the various roles that researchers can play to contemporary analyses of contributions of research to policy debates over network design and access, media violence, and advertising fraud. Substantial interstitial essays by the editor explore the impact of the policy context on communication theories and research practices, relationships between researchers and their institutional homes, the role of communication researchers as public intellectuals, and ways to maximize the impact of communication research on policy-making during this period of infrastructural transformation. The book includes an extensive bibliography.

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"Communications research has been deeply implicated in policy since its origins,although not always overtly. Braman provides conceptual frameworks that get us out of stale dichotomies and the fiction of politics-free academic research. Her compilation of otherwise dispersed analyses and arguments brings out of the shadows a central relationship between the academy and policymaking, and provides much-needed historical depth. This sourcebook charts challenges for communications research to come, and will be an essential resource for both scholars and professionals." Patricia Aufderheide, American University, and author of Communications Policy in the Public Interest and The Daily Planet

" Communication Researchers and Policy-making offers a rich and kaleidoscopic showcase of ways in which communications researchers can contribute to pressing telecommunications policy issues. In assembling this volume, Sandra Braman has sounded a call for the field to reinvigorate its goals and methods to suit a breathtaking set of cross-disciplinary challenges." Jonathan Zittrain, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard LawSchool

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262523400
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: MIT Press Sourcebooks
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Braman is Professor in the Department of Communication, University ofWisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the editor of Communication Researchers andPolicy-Making (MIT Press, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Long View 11
I Policy as a Research Context 33
2 Policy as a Research Context 35
3 The Study of Public Administration 61
4 The Policy Orientation 85
5 National Information Policy 105
6 The Symbolic Uses of Effects: Notes on the Television Violence Inquiries and the Legitimation of Mass Communications Research 117
7 Pornography Research and Public Policy 145
8 Transforming Principles into Policy 167
9 Government Regulation of "Adult" Businesses through Zoning and Anti-Nudity Ordinances: Debunking the Legal Myth of Negative Secondary Effects 177
II Relationships with Policy-makers 219
10 Facing Out: Researchers and Policy-makers 221
11 Obituary for an Agency 245
12 U.S. Mass Communication Research, Counterinsurgency, and Scientific "Reality" 253
13 From Radio Research to Communications Intelligence: Rockefeller Philanthropy, Communications Specialists, and the American Policy Community 295
14 A Novel Conference: The Origins of TPRC 347
15 Communication Research on Children and Public Policy 359
16 "Guys in Suits with Charts": Audience Research in U.S. Public Radio 375
17 Relationship between Public Opinion and Supreme Court Opinions: Was Mr. Dooley Right? 395
III Relationships with Academia 413
18 Facing In: Researchers and Academia 415
19 The Ambiguity of Policy Research: Social Research on Broadcasting 437
20 Get Out of the Car: A Case Study on the Organization of Policy Research 445
21 Putting the First Amendment in Its Place: Enhancing Democracy through the Press 461
22 Social Science and Social Control 487
23 Remarks on Administrative and Critical Communications Research 493
24 Researchers at the Federal trade Commission: Peril and Promise 511
25 "Fraught with Such Great Possibilities": The Historical Relationship of Communication Research to Mass Media Regulation 529
IV Conclusions 573
26 Enduring Tensions and Lessons Learned 575
List of Contributors 593
Index 599
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