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Global Information and World Communication

Global Information and World Communication
New Frontiers in International Relations

Second Edition

288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In a full examination of the "information revolution," author Hamid Mowlana deals with this phenomenon in mass communications, telecommunication, and new media as well as in varying contexts such as political, economic, cultural, technological, military, legal, and professional. Thoroughly revised and updated, Global Information and World Communication, Second Edition provides a critical overview of international and intercultural relations. In showing how recent events have challenged basic assumptions and theories, Mowlana enables the debate about communication and world society to embrace broader concepts of world politics, information economy, cultural ecology, and international development. He also illustrates how different communication strategies and systems have contributed to the creation of powerful interests and profoundly altered the global scene. Global Information and World Communication, Second Edition will be essential for students and scholars in communication, media studies, journalism, international relations, political science, sociology, and international development.
World Politics in Transition
New Frontiers in International Relations

International Flow of Information
A Framework of Analysis

News and Views
Designing the World's Symbolic Environment

Broadcasting the World
National and International Images

Cultural Industry
From Books to Computers

Political Economy of Information
Transitional Data Flows

International Interactions
Travel and Tourism

Human Flow across National Boundaries
Intercultural Communication

Information Technology
Developing Communication Systems and Policies

Communication and Development
The Emerging Orders

International Communication Research
From Functionalism to Post Modernism and Beyond

The Unfinished Revolution
The Crisis of Our Age


`Benefitting from more than three decades of intense international communication study, Mowlana has systematically chosen theories, approaches and findings from many academic disciplines; carefully synthesized and analyzed their major tenets and implications; and neatly packaged them in one of the most comprehensive, insightful, and critically prescriptive volumes in the burgeoning field. The author has expanded the discourse, covering a wider swath than the traditional analyses of mass media messages and communication technologies; he includes global dimensions of news and views, broadcasting, culture industries , transborder data flows, travel and tourism, intercultural communication, information technology, communication and development, and research. Mowlana favors enumeration of items, likes to design his own figures and models, and cannot resist giving solutions for international communication dilemmas. He defines terms precisely, regularly points out areas needing further research, and suggests ways the studies can be approached. A refreshing relief from the glut of contemporary uncritical work, this is the book for international communication courses, the one boo, all those enamored with, or otherwise affected by, the so-called "communication revolution" should read' - Choice

The second edition of this major work offers a comprehensive analysis of international communication systems and the global flow of information. Hamid Mowlana places the analysis of global mass media and other forms of communication within a critical overview of international and intercultural relations. Extensively rewritten and revised, Global Information and World Communication deals with the phenomenon of global information flow in all contexts - political, economic, cultural, technological, legal and professional.

Hamid Mowlana

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