The Handbook of Communication Ethics

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The Handbook of Communication Ethics serves as a comprehensive guide to the study of communication and ethics. It brings together analyses and applications based on recognized ethical theories as well as those outside the traditional domain of ethics but which engage important questions of power, equality, and justice. The work herein encourages readers to make important connections between matters of social justice and ethical theory. This volume makes an unparalleled contribution to 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.

The Handbook takes an international approach, analyzing diverse cultural contexts and comparative assessments. The chapters in this volume cover a wide range of theoretical perspectives on communication and ethics, including feminist, postmodern and postcolonial; engage with communication contexts such as interpersonal and small group communication, journalism, new media, visual communication, public relations, and marketing; and explore contemporary issues such as democracy, religion, secularism, the environment, trade, law, and economics. The chapters also consider the dialectical tensions between theory and practice; academic and popular discourses; universalism and particularism; the global and the local; and rationality and emotion.

An invaluable resource for scholars in communication and related disciplines, the Handbook also serves as a main point of reference in graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in communication and ethics. It stands as an exceptionally comprehensive resource for the study of communication and ethics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415994651
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: ICA Handbook Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert T. Craig xi

Preface xvii

Author Biographies xxi

1 Encountering Communication Ethics in the Contemporary World: Principles, People, and Contexts George Cheney Debashish Munshi Steve May Erin Ortiz 1

Unit 1 Theory Old and New

2 A Contribution to Ethical Theory and Praxis John Stewart 15

3 Ethics, Rhetoric, and Discourse Michael J. Hyde 31

4 Situating a Dialogic Ethics: A Dialogic Confession Ronald C. Arnett 45

5 Feminist Discursive Ethics Patrice M. Buzzanell 64

6 Power and Ethics Dennis K. Mumby 84

7 What Are We, Then? Postmodernism, Globalization, and the Meta-Ethics of Contemporary Communication Bryan C. Taylor Leonard C. Hawes 99

8 Decolonizing Communication Ethics: A Framework for Communicating Otherwise Debashish Munshi Kirsten J. Broadfoot Linda Tuhiwai Smith 119

Unit 2 Contexts of Application and Theory Development

9 Interpersonal Communication Ethics Sally Planalp Julie Fitness 135

10 Ethical Challenges in Small Group Communication John Gastil Leah Sprain 148

11 Communication Ethics and Organizational Contexts: Divergent Values and Moral Puzzles Matthew W. Seeger Timothy Kuhn 166

12 Journalism Ethics in Theory and Practice Clifford G. Christians 190

13 Ethical Dimensions of New Technology/Media Charles Ess 204

14 Public Relations and Marketing: Ethical Issues and Professional Practice in Society Jacquie L'Etang 221

15 Visual Communication in Traditional and Digital Contexts Sean Cubitt Violeta Politoff 241

16 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 Glen Feighery Marouf Hasian, Jr. Richard Rieke 258

17 Political Communication Ethics: Postmodern Opportunities and Challenges Steven R. Goldzwig Patricia A. Sullivan 273

18 Ethics in Health Communication Nurit Guttman Teresa L. Thompson 293

19 Science, Democracy, and the Prospect for Deliberation Keith R. Benson John Angus Campbell 309

20 Intercultural Communication Ethics: Multiple Layered Issues Stella Ting-Toomey 335

Unit 3 Contemporary Issues

21 Diversity, Identity, and Multiculturalism in the Media: The Case of Muslims in the British Press Nasar Meer Tariq Modood 355

22 Hierarchies of Equality: Positive Peace in a Democratic Idiom Robert L. Ivie 374

23 Democracy, Publicness, and Global Governance Slavko Splichal 387

24 Religion, State, and Secularism: How Should States Deal with Deep Religious Diversity? Rajeev Bhargava 401

25 Truth, Evils, Justice, and the Event of Wild(er)ness: Using Badiou to Think the Ethics of Environmentalism Kevin Michael DeLuca 414

26 Economic Justice and Communication Ethics: Considering Multiple Points of Intersection Zachary A. Schaefer Charles Conrad George Cheney Steve May Shiv Ganesh 436

27 The Polyphony of Corporate Social Responsibility: Deconstructing Accountability and Transparency in the Context of Identity and Hypocrisy Lars Th√łger Christensen Mette Morsing Ole Thyssen 457

28 When Unreason Masquerades as Reason: Can Law Regulate Trade and Networked Communication Ethically? Radha D'Souza 475

29 Response and Conclusion: A Vision of Applied Ethics for Communication Studies Josina M. Makau 494

Index 517

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