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It's Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society / Edition 1
     

It's Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society / Edition 1

by W. Timothy Coombs, Sherry J. Holladay, Sherry J. Holladay
 

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ISBN-10: 140514405X

ISBN-13: 9781405144056

Pub. Date: 12/25/2006

Publisher: Wiley

Public relations is a multibillion dollar industry, yet unlike its sister field of advertising, public relations is nearly undetectable to people outside the industry. The public does not see the way public relations shapes and spins their news, influencing societal values, knowledge, and perceptions.

It's Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society

Overview

Public relations is a multibillion dollar industry, yet unlike its sister field of advertising, public relations is nearly undetectable to people outside the industry. The public does not see the way public relations shapes and spins their news, influencing societal values, knowledge, and perceptions.

It's Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society provides a balanced view of public relations as neither flawless nor sinister. In addition to investigating corporate issues in PR, such as pharmaceutical companies’ use of PR to influence the medicines we use, this book further examines public relations as a tool for marginalized groups, focusing on its use in the non-profit sector, and citing relevant examples like the use of PR to pressure Coca-Cola to reform labor practices in Latin America. This book also includes practical debate about power issues in public relations theory and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405144056
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/25/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Does Society Need Public Relations?     5
Media Use and the Term "PR"     6
Criticisms of Public Relations     8
Popular press attacks on public relations     9
Common themes in critiques of public relations     14
Popular Press Books Describing the Importance of Public Relations     17
Professional and Academic Defense of Public Relations     21
The profession: The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)     21
Academics defend the practice     21
Public Relations and the Marketplace of Ideas     23
Re-focusing Public Relations     24
Conclusion     27
Ethical Implications of Public Relations     28
What is Public Communication?     29
Ethical Responsibilities of PR as a Form of Public Communication     30
Ethical Perspectives     31
Professional Associations and Ethics     33
The Boundary-spanning Role of the PR Professional     35
Tensions for PR Practitioners     39
Power Relationships     40
The Power of PR Professionals in the Corporation     43
A Postmodern Perspective on PR     44
Conclusion     48
Who Practices Public Relations?     49
Corporate-centric Histories of Public Relations     50
Antagonistic Views of Corporations and Activists     52
Power and Marginalization     53
First Reform Era: Abolitionism and Temperance     62
Public relations aspect     65
Second Reform Era: The Muckrakers     65
Public relations aspect     68
Saul Alinsky: Activism in the 1960s     68
Public relations aspect     70
Internet Activism     70
Public relations aspect     73
Labor Unions and Public Relations     73
Public relations aspect     75
Conclusion     75
Public Relations Influences Society     76
Marketplace of Ideas     76
Issues Management: A Framework of Effects on Public Policy     80
EPA bans Alar under pressure     84
AMA's objection to national health insurance     86
Local battles: retailing and health care     89
Shaping Public Behavior     91
Keep America Beautiful     93
Online sexual exploitation     94
Ready.gov: preparing for disasters     96
Germany and social change      97
Nazi anti-Semitic communication     97
Nazi anti-tobacco campaign     98
Mixing Social and Policy Changes: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Big Pharm     98
Conclusion     103
Global Effects of Public Relations     104
Public Diplomacy: Government Public Relations Goes Global     105
Private Voluntary Organizations: Activism Goes Global     109
Corporations: Increased Demands from a Global Network of Relationships     111
Expectation gap complications     122
Conclusion     125
Where We Have Been     126
References     129
Index     139

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