Propaganda

Overview

This important new book assembles the work of leading figures in contemporary propaganda scholarship. Analyzing propaganda from a multidisciplinary focus, the book presents several contemporary theoretical perspectives, explores key issues in propaganda analysis, and defines two major research traditions while providing examples of their applications. The contributors examine many of the most complicated issues in the field: the nature of suggestion, the relation of propaganda to ideology, and the interaction of ...

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Overview

This important new book assembles the work of leading figures in contemporary propaganda scholarship. Analyzing propaganda from a multidisciplinary focus, the book presents several contemporary theoretical perspectives, explores key issues in propaganda analysis, and defines two major research traditions while providing examples of their applications. The contributors examine many of the most complicated issues in the field: the nature of suggestion, the relation of propaganda to ideology, and the interaction of pluralism and truth. Various chapters, written by scholars of communication, rhetoric, journalism, mass communication, government, history, and political science, consider both historical and contemporary issues and events in relation to propaganda. Propaganda: A Pluralistic Perspective marks the renewed development of scholarship in this fascinating field and extends the depth and range of propaganda analysis.

The book begins with a focus on theoretical and definitional concerns, including a history of American propaganda analysis and traces four social responses to the subject. Further chapters develop different theoretical positions from diverse perspectives. The book concludes with a focus on key issues in propaganda research, including a study of First Amendment issues in the recent legal controversy over the classification of three Canadian films as political propaganda. Students and scholars of communication, rhetoric, journalism, history, political science, sociology, and many other disciplines will find Propaganda: A Pluralistic Perspective a provocative book full of stimulating ideas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275927431
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/20/1989
  • Series: Media and Society Series
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

TED J. SMITH, III, is an Associate Professor in the School of Mass Communications, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Ted J. Smith, III

Social Responses to Twentieth-Century Propaganda by J. Michael Sproule

Propaganda and Order in Modern Society by J. Fred MacDonald

Western and Totalitarian Views of Propaganda by Randall L. Bytwerk

Propaganda as a Form of Communication by Victoria O'Donnell and Garth S. Jowett

Propaganda and the Technique of Deception by Ted J. Smith, III

"Active Measures" in Contemporary Soviet Strategy by Roy Godson

Propaganda and the Law: The Case of Three Canadian Films by J. Justin Gustainis

Ideology and Propaganda: Toward an Integrative Approach by Nicholas F. S. Burnett

Deceptive Advertising and the Power of Suggestion by J. David Kennamer

Smoke and Mirrors: A Confirmation of Jacques Ellul's Theory of Information-Use in Propaganda by Stanley B. Cunningham

The Rhetoric of "Nuclear Education" by J. Michael Hogan and David Olsen

Bibliography

Index

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