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Information Campaigns

Information Campaigns
Balancing Social Values and Social Change

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November 1989 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Today, more than ever before, governments, industry, and special interest groups are employing information campaigns to effect social change. In ground-breaking fashion, Information Campaigns explores theory of campaigns as well as theory for campaigns, addressing the social context of public information campaigns and social marketing efforts. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Salmon and a distinguished team of contributors develop the theoretical framework of social change to discuss the melding of marketing and strategic communication traditions. Part I reviews the social context in which campaigns are designed, implemented, and analyzed, illustrating a broad range of social concerns campaigns address. The second section analyzes tactical concerns pertaining to underlying components of campaigns, namely audience research, planning, organization and implementation, and evaluation. Students and professionals in the fields of communication, political science, marketing, and public health will benefit from the refreshing approach and provocative analyses in this volume. "This is a terrific book. It presents a unique integration of value and ideological perspectives with the empirical research on information campaigns. The book offers a thorough and readable analysis of the diverse literature in this area." --Richard M. Perloff, Cleveland State University "The [first] section as a whole is particularly successful in providing a context for the study of campaigns within the ongoing processes of social change. . . . The second section of the book offers some interesting treatments of several . . . components of the campaign process. . . . This collection goes a long way toward establishing a new framework within which to study campaigns. . . . It lays out some clear directions and challenges for future research." --Journal of Communication "Salmon's Information Campaigns is a welcome addition to the literature. . . . [This book] enlarges our knowledge of the processes involved in media-centered social change and how social systems . . . act to influence the attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of different publics. . . . Salmon's book is a refreshing departure from the approach generally taken in the information campaign literature. Having carefully assembled authors from a wide range of disciplines and representing divergent theoretical perspectives and research orientations, Salmon provides a balanced presentation of the values of intended receivers and sponsors of planned social change. He gives as much importance to the values of campaign sponsors as he does to the values of receivers of 'social good.' . . . Practitioners, researchers, and students will find the book useful . . . particularly useful for graduate-level courses in political communication, development communication, health communication, strategic communication, and social marketing." --Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media "Unlike many edited volumes, quality is consistent across chapters." --Journalism Quarterly

Charles T Salmon
Campaigns for Social Improvement
An Overview of Values, Rationales, and Impacts

John R Finnegan Jr, Neil Bracht and K Viswanath
Community Power and Leadership Analysis in Lifestyle Campaigns
Jane D Brown, Cynthia S Waszak and Kim Walsh Childers
Family Planning, Abortion and AIDS
Sexuality and Communication Campaigns

Robert Hornik
The Knowledge-Behavior Gap in Public Information Campaigns
A Development Communication View

Clarice N Olien, Phillip J Tichenor and George A Donohue
Media Coverage and Social Movements
Lana F Rakow
Information and Power
Toward a Critical Theory of Information Campaigns

Richard W Pollay
Campaigns, Change and Culture
On the Polluting Potential of Persuasion

James E Grunig
Publics, Audiences and Market Segments
Segmentation Principles for Campaigns

Patricia G Devine and Edward R Hirt
Message Strategies for Information Campaigns
A Social Psychological Analysis

Garrett J O'Keefe
Strategies and Tactics in Political Campaigns
Steven H Chaffee, Connie Roser and June Flora
Estimating the Magnitude of Threats to Validity of Information Campaign Effects

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ISBN: 9780803932197