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The Politics of World Communication



November 1994 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A brilliant effort. . . .For those who would like to study larger issues about communication policy the book would be especially useful." --Mid Day "The greatest value of the book lies in presenting an excellent historical perspective; sleek documentation is the sterling merit of the book.... Researchers will find access to this volume extremely rewarding and prodigiously beneficial in their pursuits." --The Hindustan Times "The Politics of World Communication, with its underlying concern about human rights, provides a treasure-trove of facts and data on political processes, political actors and decisions that determine the global communication environment. The Politics of World Communication should be quite useful for graduate courses in international communication, comparative telecommunication systems and international relations. The book provides an integrated approach to a wide range of issues spanning international communication, telecommunication technologies, globalisation, human rights, disparity of facilities and resources, freedom of expression, cultural domination, media monopoly, political and non-political actors, etc., in a cohesive manner." --Yahya R. Kamalipour in Global Society Communication is an arena of world politics in which governments, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations seek to influence the basis of communicative exchange. In The Politics of World Communication, Cees J. Hamelink examines the political processes and decisions that determine the global communication environment. Mass communication, telecommunication, data traffic, intellectual property, and communication technology have all been regulated by agreements within the international community. Examining negotiation processes and their outcomes, the author offers comprehensive analysis of the global politics of communication and its implications for specific nations, areas, and communities. Underlying this analysis is the fundamental concern with communication and human rights. Hamelink examines the standards agreed upon in international communication that address the interests of ordinary people in their everyday lives. Offering a unique analysis of world communication politics and combining a broad humanitarian perspective, The Politics of World Communication is invaluable to scholars and students of international communication, global politics, international law, and human rights.
 
Introduction
 
World Communication Politics
Origins and Evolution

 
 
World Politics
Practices, Processes and People

 
 
Telecommunication
 
Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
 
Mass Communication
 
Culture
 
Development
 
Transborder Data Flow
 
Standardization of Consumer Electronics
 
Analysis of Prevailing Practices
 
Towards a People's Right To Communicate

`The most valuable feature of this book is its careful recounting of the historical processes which have fed into the current debate of global communication' - International Journal on World Peace

`The value of this book is in its detailed summary of a broad range of policy issues' - Canadian Journal of Communicaiton

`This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the global politics of communication and its implications for specific nations, areas and communities' - Transnational Data and Communications Report

`Cees J Hamelink... knowledgeably describes and examines world communication politics, world politics, telecommunication, protection of intellectual property rights, mass communication, culture, development, transborder data flow, standardisation of consumer electronics, analysis of prevailing practices and people's right to communication.... provides a treasure-trove of facts and data on political processes, political actors and decisions that determine the global communication environment' - The Journal of International Communication

`Hamelink brings decades of experience to the task.... The reader is carried through the book by Hamelink's devotion to the subject as well as his humane and generous spirit' - Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Cees Hamelink

Dr. Cees J. Hamelink is Emeritus Professor of International Communication at the University of Amsterdam. He is also currently Professor for Information Management at the University of Aruba, and Professor of Human Rights and Public Health at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Communication Gazette and Honorary President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). He is author of 17 monographs on communication, culture, and human rights. His latest book is a textbook on Global Communication (SAGE, 2015).Professor Hamelink received life-time... More About Author