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Global Communication

Global Communication

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December 2014 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Comprehensive in its scope and scale, rigorously argued and richly illustrated with wide-ranging examples, this clearly written and user-friendly book from a veteran commentator on international communication will be valuable for students and scholars. Strongly recommended."
- Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication, University of Westminster

Global Communication explores the history, present and future of global communication, introducing and explaining the theories, stories and flows of information and media that affect us all. Based on his experience teaching generations of students to critically examine the world of communication around them, Cees Hamelink helps readers understand the thinkers, concepts and questions in this changing landscape. This book:

  • Explores the cultural, economic, political and social dimensions and consequences of global communication
  • Introduces the key thinkers who have been inspirational to the field
  • Teaches you to master the art of asking critical questions
  • Takes you through concrete cases from UN summits to hot lines and cyber-surveillance
  • Boosts your essay skills with a guided tour of the literature, including helpful comments and recommendations of what to cite
  • Brings you directly into the classroom with a series of video lectures

This book guides students through the complex terrain of global communication, helping you become a critically informed participant in the ever-changing communication landscape. It is essential reading for students of communication and media studies.

What is Global Communication?
How to Study Global Communication
The History of Long-Distance Communication
The Economy of Global Communication
Flows of Global Content
Emergence of the Politics of Global Communication
The Politics of Global Communication: 21st Century Issues
Inequality and the Global Divide
Propaganda, Diplomacy and Espionage
Global Communication and Global Conflict
Culture and Global Communication
Global Communication Online
Futures of Global Communication


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The companion website gives you access to author videos where key concepts are and topics are explained in more depth, alongside a selection of free to access journal articles to deepen your understanding of key topics.

Hamelink provides us with a smart textbook on international communication that should become an inspirational source for teachers and students. With attention to theory, method, history and context – the book is a wise choice for anyone seeking to understand global communication.

Janet Wasko
University of Oregon

This book is a valuable contribution to the backbone of Global Communications, which coherently consolidates information on the history, economy, politics, culture and flows of this emerging field. Perfect for students of our interlaced and complicated global futures.

Eleftheria Lekakis
University of Sussex

Comprehensive in its scope and scale, rigorously argued and richly illustrated with wide-ranging examples, this clearly written and user-friendly book from a veteran commentator on international communication will be valuable for students and scholars. Strongly recommended.

Daya Thussu
Professor of International Communication, University of Westminster

The book is valuable and fits perfectly the objectives of the course I'm intending to teach.
I haven't adopted the book because I received the inspection copy a little bit late to place an order.

Dr Karim Achibat
School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University
June 2, 2020

The online site is not available yet?!

Professor Jan Servaes
Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong
June 9, 2015

A very interesting format, with lots of pertinent reflective questions by the end of each chapter. The "How to study global communication" chapter was very insightful, just as the last one, "Futures of global communication".

Professor Catarina Lelis
Communication and Art, University of Aveiro
April 16, 2015

A discourse oriented introduction to global communication, especially suitable for general classes of international communication and international diplomacy.

Mrs Beata Kviatek - Simanska
School of Communication, Media, and IT, Hanze University of Applied Sciences
February 19, 2015

An authoritative book that covers all the necessary points, from one of the distinguished academicians on global communications. Author's experience and special standpoint reflects from the pages.

Sociology , Fatih University
February 18, 2015

An excelent textbook which provides an informative overview of global communication.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
January 6, 2015

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