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The Handbook of Communication Ethics

ISBN 9780415994651
Published December 7, 2010 by Routledge
560 Pages

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Book Description

The Handbook of Communication Ethics serves as a comprehensive guide to the study of communication and ethics. It brings together analyses and applications based on recognized ethical theories as well as those outside the traditional domain of ethics but which engage important questions of power, equality, and justice. The work herein encourages readers to make important connections between matters of social justice and ethical theory. This volume makes an unparalleled contribution to the literature of communication studies, through consolidating knowledge about the multiple relationships between communication and ethics; by systematically treating areas of application; and by introducing explicit and implicit examinations of communication ethics to one another.

The Handbook takes an international approach, analyzing diverse cultural contexts and comparative assessments. The chapters in this volume cover a wide range of theoretical perspectives on communication and ethics, including feminist, postmodern and postcolonial; engage with communication contexts such as interpersonal and small group communication, journalism, new media, visual communication, public relations, and marketing; and explore contemporary issues such as democracy, religion, secularism, the environment, trade, law, and economics. The chapters also consider the dialectical tensions between theory and practice; academic and popular discourses; universalism and particularism; the global and the local; and rationality and emotion.

An invaluable resource for scholars in communication and related disciplines, the Handbook also serves as a main point of reference in graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in communication and ethics. It stands as an exceptionally comprehensive resource for the study of communication and ethics.


Table of Contents


Foreword: Robert T. Craig, The University of Colorado at Boulder

1. Encountering Ethics in the Contemporary World: Principles, People and Contexts

George Cheney, The University of Texas at Austin, USA,

Debashish Munshi, The University of Waikato, New Zealand,

Steve May, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

with Erin Ortiz, University of Utah, USA.

First Unit: Theory Old and New

2. A Communication Contribution to Ethical Theory and Practice

John Stewart, University of Dubuque, IA, USA

3. Ethics, Rhetoric, and Discourse

Michael J. Hyde, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

4. Situating a Dialogic Ethics: A Dialogic Confession

Ronald C. Arnett, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

5. Feminist Discursive Ethics

Patrice M. Buzzanell, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

6. Power and Ethics

Dennis K. Mumby, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

7. Where Are We, Then? Postmodernism, Globalization, and the Meta-Ethics of Contemporary Communication

Bryan C. Taylor, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, and

Leonard C. Hawes, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

8. Decolonizing Communication Ethics: A Framework for Communicating


Debashish Munshi, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand,

Kirsten J. Broadfoot, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA, and

Linda Tuhiwai Smith, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Second Unit: Contexts of Application and Theory Development

9. Interpersonal Communication Ethics

Sally Planalp, University of Utah, USA, and

Julie Fitness, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

10. Ethical Challenges in Small Group Communication

John Gastil, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and

Leah Sprain, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

11. Communication Ethics and Organizational Contexts: Divergent Values and Moral Puzzles

Matthew W. Seeger, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA, and

Timothy Kuhn, University of Colorado, USA

12. Journalism Ethics in Theory and Practice

Clifford G. Christians, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

13. Ethical Dimensions of New Technology/Media

Charles Ess, Drury University, Springfield, MO, USA

14. Public Relations and Marketing: Ethical Issues and Professional Practice in


Jacquie L’Etang, University of Stirling, UK

15. Visual Communication in Traditional and Digital Contexts

Sean Cubitt and Violeta Politoff, University of Melbourne, Australia

16. The Search for Social Justice and the Presumption of Innocence in the Duke University (USA) Lacross Case of 2006-07: Implications for Contemporary Legal and Ethical Communication

Glen Feighery, Marouf Hasian, and Richard Rieke,

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

17. Political Communication Ethics: Postmodern Opportunities and Challenges

Steven R. Goldzwig, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, and

Patricia A. Sullivan, State University of New York at New Paltz, USA

18. Ethics in Health Communication

Nurit Guttman, Tel Aviv University, Israel, and

Theresa Thompson, University of Dayton, OH, USA

19. Science, Democracy, and the Prospect for Deliberation

Keith R. Benson, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and

John Angus Campbell, University of Memphis, TN, USA

20. Intercultural Communication Ethics: Multiple Layered Issues

Stella Ting-Toomey, California State University, Fullerton, USA

Third Unit: Contemporary Issues

21. Diversity, Identity, and Multiculturalism in the Media: The Case of Muslims in

the British Press

Nasar Meer, University of Southampton, UK, and

Tariq Modood, University of Bristol, UK

22. Hierarchies of Equality: Positive Peace in a Democratic Idiom

Robert L. Ivie, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

23. Democracy, Publicness, and Global Governance

Slavko Splichal, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

24. Religion, State, and Secularism: How Should States Deal with Deep Religious Diversity?

Rajeev Bhargava, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India

25. Truth, Evils, Justice and the Event of Wild(er)ness: Using Badiou to Think the

Ethics of Environmentalism

Kevin M. DeLuca, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

26. Economic Justice and Communication Ethics: Considering Multiple Points of Intersection

Zachary A. Schaefer, Texas A&M University, USA

Charles Conrad, Texas A&M University, USA

George Cheney, University of Texas at Austin, Salt Lake City, USA,

Steven K. May, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and

Shiv Ganesh, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

27. The Polyphony of Corporate Social Responsibility

Lars Thøger Christensen, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark,

Mette Morsing, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and

Ole Thyssen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

28. When Unreason Masquerades as Reason: Can Law Regulate Trade and

Networked Communication Ethically?

Radha D’Souza, University of Westminster, UK

29. Response and Conclusion: A Vision of Applied Ethics for Communication Studies

Josina Makau, California State University at Monterey Bay, USA

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    George Cheney (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1985) is the John T. Jones Centennial Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he held faculty appointments at the Universities of Illinois, Colorado, Montana, and Utah. Also, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Management Communication at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He has (co-)authored or (co-)edited seven other books as well as 90 articles, chapters, and commentaries. He is a past chair of the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association; has been recognized for instruction, scholarship, and service; and maintains a strong commitment to community engagement.

    Steve May (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1993) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His books include The Debate Over Corporate Social Responsibility (with George Cheney and Juliet Roper), Case Studies in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspectives and Practices and Engaging Organizational Communication Theory and Research: Multiple Perspectives (with Dennis Mumby). He is a Leadership Fellow at the Institute for the Arts and the Humanities and an Ethics Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics. He was recently named a Houle Engaged Scholar by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Page Legacy Scholar by Pennsylvania State University. He is a past editor of Management Communication Quarterly and associate editor of The Journal of Applied Communication Research and The Journal of Business Communication.

    Debashish Munshi (Ph.D., University of Waikato, 2000) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Communication at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He is co-author of Reconfiguring Public Relations: Ecology, Equity, and Enterprise and co-editor of On the Edges of Development: Cultural Interventions. His work has also been published in a range of international journals including Management Communication Quarterly, New Media & Society, Business Communication Quarterly, Cultural Politics, Public Relations Review, Feminist Media Studies, Review of Communication, and Futures.