Public Relations and Communications

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Abstract

This chapter explores different communication theories and traditions that underpin public relations. It takes a thematic approach looking at who, what, why and how of communication and grounds the idea of PR firmly in a societal context. As part of this it also looks at the role of the media in communicating to and between organisations and individuals in society. All themes are interconnected and taken together help us understand the complexity of PR. Many of these ideas will be picked up later in this book but for now this chapter aims to provide an overview. It concludes by bringing these ideas together and what it means to public relations practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Public Relations Handbook
EditorsAlison Theaker
Place of PublicationOxford and New York
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter2
Pages27-49
Number of pages23
Edition5th
ISBN (Electronic)9781315709918
ISBN (Print)9781138890961, 9781138890954
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2016

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