Current academic thinking about public relations (PR) and related communication is a lively, expanding marketplace of ideas and many scholars believe that it’s time for its radical approach to be deepened. Routledge New Directions in PR & Communication Research is the forum of choice for this new thinking. Its key strength is its remit, publishing critical and challenging responses to continuities and fractures in contemporary PR thinking and practice, tracking its spread into new geographies and political economies. It questions its contested role in market-orientated, capitalist, liberal democracies around the world, and examines its invasion of all media spaces, old, new, and as yet unenvisaged.
The New Directions series has already published and commissioned diverse original work on topics such as:
We actively invite new contributions and offer academics a welcoming place for the publication of their analyses of a universal, persuasive mindset that lives comfortably in old and new media around the world.
Animal Suffering and Public Relations The Ethics of Persuasion in the Animal-Industrial Complex
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Affairs in the British Press An Ecofeminist Critique of Neoliberalism
Depth Public Relations After the Masquerade
Social Media for Progressive Public Relations
Strategic Communication in a Global Crisis National and International Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Towards a New Understanding of Masculine Habitus and Women and Leadership in Public Relations
Propaganda and Public Relations in Military Recruitment Promoting Military Service in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
By Núria Almiron
August 18, 2023
Animal Suffering and Public Relations conducts an ethical assessment of public relations, mainly persuasive communication and lobbying, as deployed by some of the main businesses involved in the animal industrial complex – the industries participating in the systematic and institutionalized ...
By Martina Topić
May 31, 2023
An ecofeminist criticism of neoliberalism, this book uses economic growth, CSR and the press coverage of environmental affairs as a case study. The author argues that CSR is part of a wheel of neoliberalism that continually perpetuates inequality and the exploitation of women and Nature. Using an ...
By Robert E. Brown, Burton St. John III, Jenny Zhengye Hou
May 31, 2023
The Global Foundations of Public Relations: Humanism, China and the West explores the growing humanistic turn in public relations processes and proposes that this has compelling parallels in the roots of Chinese philosophies. As the leader of growth and power across the Pacific Rim, public ...
By Johanna Fawkes
December 23, 2022
Contemporary global culture, rooted in neoliberalism and free market forces, increasingly emphasises appearance over substance. People and organisations are judged by image and reputation while social media encourages and enables us to develop our own public persona. This book explores the rise of...
By Outi Niininen
November 10, 2022
This edited book presents a comprehensive, research-led coverage of the progressive ways public relations (PR) and social media is utilised today. It offers innovative research approaches to explore PR and social media initiatives, and in so doing, provides guidance on how to direct PR ...
By Ralph Tench, Juan Meng, Ángeles Moreno
October 20, 2022
This edited volume makes a unique and timely contribution by exploring in depth the topic of strategic communication and COVID-19 from a global perspective. It is widely agreed that effective and timely communication and leadership are crucial to the successful management of any pandemic. With the ...
By Martina Topić
September 30, 2022
This edited volume analyses leadership in the public relations (PR) industry with a specific focus on women and their leadership styles. It looks at how women lead, the inf luence of the socialisation process on leadership styles, the difference between feminine and masculine leadership styles, and...
By Donnalyn Pompper
August 01, 2022
From the start, women were central to a century of westward migration in the U.S. Community Building and Early Public Relations: Pioneer Women’s Role on and after the Oregon Trail offers a path forward in broadening PR's Caucasian/White male-gendered history in the U.S. Undergirded by humanist, ...
By Brendan Maartens, Thomas Bivins
May 30, 2022
This book represents the first international investigation of military recruitment advertising, public relations and propaganda. Comprised of eleven case studies that explore mobilisation work in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, it covers more than a hundred years of recent history, with ...
By Kate Fitch, Judy Motion
April 29, 2022
Popular Culture and Social Change: The Hidden Work of Public Relations argues the complicated and contradictory relationship between public relations, popular culture and social change is a neglected theoretical project. Its diverse chapters identify ways in which public relations influences the ...
By Katerina Tsetsura, Dean Kruckeberg
April 29, 2022
This book serves as a reader exploring the scholarly inquiry, professional education, and practice of Russian public relations and advertising in multiple contexts. It examines significant parts of what can be encompassed under the umbrella of strategic communications, including public relations ...
By Elina R. Tachkova, W. Timothy Coombs
March 17, 2022
This book is an evidence-based approach to handling common, extreme crises. Extreme crises involve strong moral outrage; moral outrage creates situations where traditional crisis communication advice no longer is effective. These extreme crises create unique demands for crisis managers. Moreover, ...