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Understanding Public Relations: Theory, Culture and Society

by Lee Edwards SAGE Publications Ltd
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Written in an accessible style by a leading authority on PR, this text explores the place of PR in its various social, cultural and political contexts, with various examples, including campaigns for same sex marriage, the fair trade movement, and PR in the 2016 EU referendum.


Chapter 1: Starting points: Defining socio-cultural research in public relations
Chapter 2: Public relations as promotion: The production and circulation of meaning
Chapter 3: Public relations, discourse and power
Chapter 4: A political economy of public relations
Chapter 5: Deliberative democracy and public relations
Chapter 6: Public relations and the public sphere
Chapter 7: Public Relations and globalisation
Chapter 8: Public relations as an occupational field: The professional project
Chapter 9: Race and Class in / and PR
Chapter 10: Feminist public relations: Performativity, Black feminism, postfeminism
Chapter 11: Ethics, Public Relations and Society
Chapter 12: Conclusion: Public relations beyond the organisation

One of the most comprehensive and coherent explorations of the role of public relations in society to date. A must-read for anyone who is serious about understanding its power and its possibilities.
Lee Edwards - London School of Economics, UK, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK , University of Leeds, UK