1st Edition

On Communicating
Otherness, Meaning, and Information

ISBN 9780415978606
Published August 28, 2008 by Routledge
384 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Klaus Krippendorff is an influential figure in communication studies widely known for his award-winning book Content Analysis. Over the years, Krippendorff has made important contributions to the ongoing debates on fundamental issues concerning communication theory, epistemology, methods of research, critical scholarship, second-order cybernetics, the social construction of reality through language, design, and meaning. On Communicating assembles Krippendorff’s most significant writings – many of which are virtually unavailable today, appearing in less accessible publications, conference proceedings, out-of-print book chapters, and articles in journals outside the communication field. In their totality, they provide a goldmine for communication students and scholars. Edited and with an introduction by Fernando Bermejo, this book provides readers with access to Krippendorff’s key works.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Communicating

Chapter 1. An Alternative Paradigm

Chapter 2. Epistemological Grounding

Chapter 3. Major Communication Metaphors

Chapter 4. A Recursive Framework for Communication Theories

Chapter 5. Conversation or Intellectual Imperialism

Part 2: Otherness

Chapter 6. The Otherness that Theory Creates

Chapter 7. A Cybernetics of I-Other Relations

Chapter 8. Pathology, Power and Emancipation

Chapter 9. Writing Ecologically

Part 3: Meaning

Chapter 10. A Constructivist Critique of Semiotics

Chapter 11. The Dialogical Meaning of Cultural Artifacts

Chapter 12. The Methodo-logic of Content Analysis

Chapter 13. Discourse as Systematically Constrained Conversation

Part 4: Information

Chapter 14. An Introduction to Information Theory

Chapter 15. Research In-Formation

Chapter 16. Paradox and Information

Chapter 17. Cyberspace and its Artifacts

Chapter 18. Social Memory


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Klaus Krippendorff is Gregory Bateson Term Professor for Cybernetics, Language, and Culture in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His landmark book Content Analysis, now in its second edition, has been translated into Hungarian, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish.

Fernando Bermejo teaches Communication at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. He holds a Ph.D. from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and an MA from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.