News from Somewhere: A Reader in Communication and Challenges to Globalization

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Wayzgoose Press | Eugene, OR, USA


EDITORS: Dr. Daniel Broudy, Dr. Jeffery Klaehn, Dr. James Winter



DESCRIPTION: The famous social psychologist Alex Carey noted that the 20th century has "been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy" (1995, p. 18). In the 21st century of ever-expanding globalization, which carries the message that free market forces are both democratic and blind forces for good in the world, global capitalism has enlisted peoples across the face of the earth into the service of altering the environment and modifying concepts of human relations in the interest of development as prescribed by corporate power. This essay collection in Intercultural Communication represents a global effort in bringing together a wide range of representative views from people whose lives, communities, and environments have been reshaped, devalued, or erased by the forces of globalization. Among the many questions this collection addresses are: what are the principal effects of globalization on intercultural communication? What are some of the ways that manipulation of the language of intercultural communication has been used to conceal the reality of the process of globalization? What are some of the rhetorical devices that people brought into the process of globalization have used both to protect their traditional cultures and to resist the harmful effects of globalization? The aim of this collection is to wrest some measure of power and control from the global elite who, through easy access to corporate media, have used their position to shape the forces of both material production and mental production, as described by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. While the English language has been characterized as the de facto language of global commerce, this collection strives to empower readers with the theoretical and practical tools to mount what Noam Chomsky has termed an 'intellectual self-defense' and to take greater control over these social, political, and economic forces. The collection introduces readers to a wide range of perspectives, theories, and practices of communication across cultures challenging the globalist paradigm.

THEORETICAL APPROACH: The book is to feature six to seven major divisions marked by titled units. Brief descriptions of each unit communicate how individual chapters therein represent/deal with particular problems in globalization efforts and the communications that pass across cultures that contend with these forces. The Call for Chapters encourages authors to begin their discussions in the first person to set up the background of their discussion with a relaxed and accessible narrative tone and style. Authors then begin introducing readers to the theoretical/conceptual framework by weaving it into the narrative. The narrative style gives way to the author's discussion of how her/his real-life example illustrates, reinforces, or challenges the theory and how s/he has tried (or is still trying) to resolve the issue(s). Each chapter should be between 2000 to 3000 words.


Unit 1 – Who Are You? Identity Politics in Contemporary Society
Unit 2 – Energy Policies and Coercion
Unit 3 – Surveillance and Secrecy in the Security State
Unit 4 – Farming and Food Production
Unit 5 – Military Might and the Imposition of Bases
Unit 6 – Education and Civilization
Unit 7 – Bequeathing a Living Planet

AUDIENCE: This collection will be of interest to students, scholars, and researchers across a range of disciplines: communication studies, journalism, sociology, international relations, and ethics.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors interested in lodging a proposal for this collection should submit a maximum 500-word abstract to the editors (see contact). When developing the proposal, authors should consult The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.) and submit their work on a single page electronically in the MSWord format. The page should include the author's name, title, current position, institutional affiliation (if applicable), and email address. A brief list of the author's key publications is helpful but not necessary. The proposal should include a working title and rough outline of the chapter. The envisioned organizational structure of the essay should be clearly delineated in the proposal.


ISBN-10: 1938757092
ISBN-13: 978-1-938757-09-9