Social Justice and Communication Scholarship
Edited by Omar Swartz
Routledge – 2006 – 288 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Social Justice and Communication Scholarship explores the role of communication in framing and contributing to issues of social justice. This collection, a first on the subject of communication and social justice, investigates the theoretical and practical ways in which communication scholarship can enable inclusive and equitable communities within American society. It analyzes ways in which to construct communities that protect individual freedom while ensuring equality and dignity to everyone.
In this unique anthology, Swartz brings together both senior scholars and junior colleagues to represent diverse applications of communication to issues of social justice. He supports partisan scholarship in order to revitalize intellectual activity and social commitment toward creating a progressive society. As a result; the volume serves the heuristic function of posing new research questions.
In addition to its relevance within the field of communication, Social Justice and Communication Scholarship will be of interest in many of the humanities and social sciences, as research on the theme of social justice transcends disciplinary boundaries. The volume is particularly well suited for use in undergraduate and graduate courses in communication, rhetoric and composition, journalism, American studies, and cultural studies.
"This is not a primer on methods, but rather an explanation of a conceptual framework that has not been extensively explored in the past. Each chapter includes detailed references. Recommended."
Contents: Preface. O. Swartz, Introduction. O. Swartz, Reflections of a Social Justice Scholar. A. Rodriguez, Social Justice and the Challenge for Communication Studies. L.R. Frey, Across the Great Divides: From Nonpartisan Criticism to Partisan Criticism to Applied Communication Activism for Promoting Social Change and Social Justice. P.K. Tompkins, Communication, Charity, Social Justice, and the Abolition of Homelessness. J.L. Simpson, R.B. Adelman, Voice and the "Other": Interactive Theatre as a Model for Education and Liberation on University Campuses. R. Shome, Challenges of International Women of Color in the United States: The Complicated "Rights" of Belonging in Globalization. P.C. Wander, A Knife of Fire: Social Justice, Real Politick, and "Foreign" Policy in a New World. T. Palmeri, Media Activism in a "Conservative" City: Modeling Citizenship. L.P. Crumley, Social Justice in Interpersonal and Family Relationships. W. Lee, The Desire to Know and to Love Is Never Too Small: My Musings on Teaching and Social Justice. W.B. Pearce, Reflections on a Project to Promote Social Justice in Communication Education and Research. L. Artz, Conclusion: On the Material Consequence of Defining Social Justice.