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The Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory

ISBN 9780367486204
Published March 11, 2022 by Routledge
544 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Moving beyond the U.S.-Eurocentric paradigm of communication theory, this handbook broadens the intellectual horizons of the discipline by highlighting underrepresented, especially non-Western, theorists and theories, and identifies key issues and challenges for future scholarship.

Showcasing diverse perspectives, the handbook facilitates active engagement in different cultural traditions and theoretical orientations that are global in scope but local in effect. It begins by exploring past efforts to diversify the field, continuing on to examine theoretical concepts, models, and principles rooted in local cumulative wisdom. It does not limit itself to the mass-interpersonal communication divide, but rather seeks to frame theory as global and inclusive in scope.

The book is intended for communication researchers and advanced students, with relevance to scholars with an interest in theory within information science, library science, social and cross-cultural psychology, multicultural education, social justice and social ethics, international relations, development studies, and political science.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword  Introduction: Global Interventions in Search of Communication Theory in Human Diversity  Part I: Historical Interventions  1 A Conversation on the History of Paradigmatic Dialogue in Communication Theory: Brenda Dervin and the 1985 ICA Conference  2 Paradigmatic Debates, Theoretical Diversity, and the IAMCR: A Historical Perspective  3 Unity in Diversity: Multiculturalism, Guilt/Victimage, and a New Scholarly Orientation  4 Towards Asian Communication Theory: An Intellectual Journey  Part II: African Interventions  5 Afrocentricity and the Cultural Question: On Theorizing Humanity and Communication  6 Maatian Ethics, Sdmw and Communicative Practice: The Conception and Cultivation of the Sedjemic Person  7 Humane Communication in African Languages: African Philosophical Perspectives  8 Frank Okwu Ugboajah, Oramedia, and the Ethical Paradigm of Development (Civilization)  Part III: Asian Interventions  9 The Question of Asianness in Asian Communication Studies: Notes on Asiacentricity and Its Critics  10 Rethinking Eurocentric Visions in Feminist Communication Research: Asiacentric Womanism as a Theoretical Framework  11 Al-Fārābī and Ibn Khaldūn as Communication Theorists: The New Science of Society before the European Enlightenment  12 Toward a Gandhian Theory of Communication: The Ahimsa (Nonviolent) Way to Truth and Liberation  13 Confucianism and Communication in East Asia: A Revisit  14 Principles of Chinese Communication: A Philosophical Outline  Part IV: Latin American Interventions  15 Paulo Freire, Communication and Conscientization for Liberation  16 Between Social Semiosis and Mediatizations: Towards a Dictionary of Eliseo Verón’s Theoretical Contributions  17 Luis Ramiro Beltrán and Theorizing Horizontal and Decolonial Communication  18 Latin American Interventions to the Practice and Theory of Communication and Social Development: On the Legacy of Juan Díaz Bordenave  19 Buen Vivir as a Critique of Communication for Development  Part V: European Interventions  20 Media Theories in the US and Europe: Fragmented Notions and Macroscopic Visions  21 Changing Narratives of Cultural Studies in Britain and the USA: Dialogue and Difference  22 German and French Theories of Communication: Comparative Perspectives with Regard to the Social and Epistemological Body of Science  23 Özséb Horányi and the Participatory Theory of Communication  24 Russian Traditions of Communication Theory  Part VI: Diverse Interventions  25 Communicating in "Global" English: Promoting Linguistic Human Rights or Being Complicit with Linguicism and Linguistic Imperialism  26 Culture-Centered Approach to Communicating Health and Development: Communication, Social Justice, and Social Change  27 Perspectives and Approaches to Intercultural Communication Competence: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis  28 Environmental Communication Theory and Practice for Global Transformation: An Ecocultural Approach  29 The Way of Coyolxauhqui: An Indigenous Mexica-Inspired Imperative for Deconstruction as a Spiritual Practice

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Yoshitaka Miike is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. He is also Senior Fellow at the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies. He is best known as the founding theorist of Asiacentricity. His recent research focuses on the history of Asian communication theory, non-Western traditions of communication ethics, and aspects of Japanese culture and communication.

Jing Yin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. She is also Fellow at the Molefi Kete Asante Institute for Afrocentric Studies. She co-edited The Global Intercultural Communication Reader. Her research interests include non-Western perspectives on cultural identity, Asiacentric womanism as a theoretical framework, and globalization and media representation.


"The Handbook of Global Interventions in Communication Theory by Miike and Yin is an intellectual tour de force that boldly grapples with "mainstream" Eurocentric paradigms while introducing a refreshing range of both well known and nascent concepts that open up space for global communicative inquiry. I would encourage all those interested in decentering the existing hegemonic teaching of communication theory to add this to their personal libraries."

Ronald L. Jackson II, Author of Encyclopedia of Identity, Past President, National Communication Association

"An admirably comprehensive and critical intervention on historicizing as well as defining the emerging contours of communication theories. The editors, Yoshitaka Miike and Jing Yin, have gathered a diverse group of scholars from across the world to produce an outstanding handbook which will be extremely useful equally for seasoned academics as well as research students."

Professor Daya Thussu, Hong Kong Baptist University, author of International Communication: Continuity and Change.