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An Introduction To Communication Studies (Paperback): Sheila L Steinberg An Introduction To Communication Studies (Paperback)
Sheila L Steinberg 3
R493 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R106 (22%) In stock

Although the theory is based on material used in the USA and other overseas universities, South African students will be able to identify with the local examples, TV programmes and other mass media, and the political and social experiences referred to in this title, many of which have been localised to reflect the South African context. Beginner students majoring in communication studies as well as those who are studying towards various degrees or qualifications where communication is a prerequisite, will find this title useful. In addition to interpersonal, group and mass communication, there is an extensive chapter on public speaking, which takes into account that many professionals today have to address their colleagues and business associates in order to succeed in their profession. Public speaking in this sense is a skill required by most graduates in any job or profession, and the chapter is pitched at these requirements as well as at speaking to larger audiences. The title is divided into two parts. The first provides students with a strong foundation of communication, while the second focuses on the areas of specialisation within communication studies. In addition, each chapter starts with the learning outcomes and a short overview of the chapter. Students may monitor their learning with the summaries and 'test yourself' questions at the end of every chapter. Scenarios provide examples of how the theory can be applied in practice.

What If There Were No Whites In South Africa? (Paperback): Ferial Haffajee What If There Were No Whites In South Africa? (Paperback)
Ferial Haffajee 10
R275 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R39 (14%) In stock

Ferial Haffajee is highly respected as one of South Africa's thought leaders and commentators. She effectively uses her media platform to raise and discuss issues pertinent to the state of the nation. In What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?, Haffajee examines our history and our present in the light of a provocative question that yields some thought-provoking analysis for the country.

From roundtable discussions with influential as well as ordinary South Africans, to research, personal thoughts and powerful anecdotes, Haffajee takes the reader through the rocky terrain of race relations in our country and grapples towards a possible way forward in terms of what it means to be South African in 2015.

An Introduction To Political Communication (Paperback, 5th Revised edition): Brian McNair An Introduction To Political Communication (Paperback, 5th Revised edition)
Brian McNair
R1,049 Discovery Miles 10 490 In stock

An Introduction to Political Communication introduces students to the complex relationship between politics, the media and democracy in the United Kingdom, United States and other contemporary societies. Brian McNair examines how politicians, trade unions, pressure groups, NGOs and terrorist organisations make use of the media.

Individual chapters look at political media and their effects, the work of political advertising, marketing and public relations, and the communicative practices of organizations at all levels, from grass-root campaigning through to governments and international bodies.

This fifth edition has been revised and updated to include:

  • the 2008 US presidential election, and the early years of Barack Obama s term
  • the MPs expenses scandal in Britain, and the 2010 UK election campaign
  • the growing role of bloggers and online pundits such as Guido Fawkes in the political agenda setting process
  • the emergence of social media platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, and their destabiising impact on the management of political crises all over the world, including the Iranian pro-reform protests of July 2009 and the Israeli atack on the anti-blockade flotilla of May 2010
  • the growing power of Wikileaks and other online information sources to challenge state control of classified information
Critical Reading And Writing - An Introductory Coursebook (Paperback): Andrew Goatly, Preet Hiradhar, Diane Hui Critical Reading And Writing - An Introductory Coursebook (Paperback)
Andrew Goatly, Preet Hiradhar, Diane Hui
R305 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R43 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days


Critical Reading and Writing is a fully introductory, interactive textbook that explores the power relations at work in and behind the texts we encounter in our everyday lives.
Using examples from numerous genres - such as popular fiction, advertisements and newspapers - this textbook examines the language choices a writer must make in structuring texts, representing the world and positioning the reader. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Critical Reading and Writing offers guidance on how to read texts critically and how to develop effective writing skills.
Features include:
* activities in analysis, writing and rewriting
* an appendix of comments on activities
* further reading sections at the end of each unit
* a glossary of linguistics terms
* suggestions for five extended writing projects.
Written by an experienced teacher, Critical Reading and Writing has multidisciplinary appeal but will be particularly relevant for use on introductory English and Communications courses.

Introduction to Communication Studies (Paperback, 2nd edition): S. Steinberg, George Charles Angelopulo Introduction to Communication Studies (Paperback, 2nd edition)
S. Steinberg, George Charles Angelopulo
R518 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R113 (22%) In stock

Introduction to communication studies for southern African students is an introductory textbook on the theories of and approaches to communication studies for first-year students. Building on the framework of the first edition it reflects the dynamic evolution of communication studies in the recent past, introducing new insights and approaches to communication media and digital communication. Acknowledging the unique requirements of the African communication environment, the text is illuminated with a range of uniquely South and southern African examples to contextualise the theory, with chapters written by leading academic authors from east and southern Africa.

Media and Society (Paperback, 6th edition): Jane Stadler, Michael O'Shaughnessy, Sarah Casey Media and Society (Paperback, 6th edition)
Jane Stadler, Michael O'Shaughnessy, Sarah Casey
R747 R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Save R120 (16%) Within 4 - 9 working days

Media and Society explores the relationship between the media, their institutions and the world we live in, examining how they are connected and how society and the media affect each other.

The book analyses representations of the world found in films, television, advertisements, news and online to understand the impact of the media in the contemporary world. The sixth edition explores several themes throughout the text, including the contradictory nature of the media and the psychological concerns of the media, to provide clear explanations of complex theories and ideas.

An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Dominic Strinati An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Dominic Strinati
R380 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R58 (15%) In stock

This is a clear and comprehensive guide to the major theories of popular culture. Dominic Strinati provides a critical assessment of the ways in which these theories have tried to understand and evaluate popular culture in modern societies. Among the theories and ideas the book introduces are mass culture, the Frankfurt School and the culture industry, semiology and structuralism, Marxism, feminism, postmodernism and cultural populism. Strinati explains how theorists such as Adorno, Barthes, Althusser and Hebdige have grappled with the many forms of popular culture, from jazz to the Americanization of British popular culture, from Hollywood cinema to popular television series, and from teen magazines to the spy novel. Each chapter includes a guide to key texts for further reading and there is also a comprehensive bibliography. This new edition has been fully revised and updated.

Media Ethics in South African Context - An Introduction and Overview (Paperback, 2nd ed): Lucas M. Oosthuizen Media Ethics in South African Context - An Introduction and Overview (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Lucas M. Oosthuizen
R400 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R81 (20%) In stock

The second edition of Media ethics in the South African context explores the dynamic and potentially explosive field of media ethics from a South African perspective. Grounded in ethical theory, the public philosophies of communication and media performance norms, this text provides guidelines for the individual's ethical decision making; for both media practitioners and media groups. Cutting edge analysis of the South African normative context under the previous and present political dispensations makes this book essential reading for media policy formulators and students alike. Changes in the normative context are presenting the South African news media in particular, with new challenges.

Communication Research - Techniques, Methods And Applications (Paperback, 2nd ed): G.M. du Plooy Communication Research - Techniques, Methods And Applications (Paperback, 2nd ed)
G.M. du Plooy
R524 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R114 (22%) In stock

The research techniques and methods discussed are applied to researching advertising, mass-media audiences, mass-media efficiency and organisational and development contexts. The research problems or issues addressed are also relevant to other communication fields, including political, government, marketing, intercultural, health and interpersonal and small-group communication, plus information and communications technology.

This second edition elaborates on the application of additional measurement scales and of content analysis. It contains more practical examples of the application of scientific criteria and it includes additional marginal notes that facilitate the comprehension of key concepts.

Media Studies: Volume 2 - Policy, Management And Media Representation (Paperback, 2nd ed): P.J. Fourie Media Studies: Volume 2 - Policy, Management And Media Representation (Paperback, 2nd ed)
P.J. Fourie 2
R543 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R119 (22%) In stock

In the second volume of the four-part textbook series on Media Studies the emphasis is again on the relationship between media and society. While further exploring media as an institution, this volume also introduces the topics of media regulation and content.

Volume 2 is guided in part by the question: How do we control and manage the media? Communications policy is explained, with overviews of how the Southern African media is externally and internally regulated to ensure a well-organised and disciplined modern media system. Strategic ways of managing the media are discussed.

The book deals with the concept of media representation: How does the media reflect and represent reality or its aspects? Is the news that is presented an accurate portrayal of reality? How does the media deal with identity, race, gender, sexual orientation, the environment, AIDS, violence and terrorism?

This section thus critically analyses questions about how the media depicts people, topics, organisations and issues.

Other volumes in the Media Studies series are:

  • Volume 1: Media History, Media and Society
  • Volume 3: Media Content and Audiences
  • Volume 4: Production Planning and Media Ethics
  • Multilingualism and intercultural communication - A South African perspective (Paperback): Russell H. Kaschula, Pamela Maseko,... Multilingualism and intercultural communication - A South African perspective (Paperback)
    Russell H. Kaschula, Pamela Maseko, H. Ekkehard Wolff
    R380 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R35 (9%) In stock

    To date, there has been no published textbook which takes into account changing sociolinguistic dynamics that have influenced South African society. Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication breaks new ground in this arena. The scope of this book ranges from macro-sociolinguistic questions pertaining to language policies and their implementation (or non-implementation) to micro-sociolinguistic observations of actual language-use in verbal interaction, mainly in multilingual contexts of Higher Education (HE). There is a gradual move for the study of language and culture to be taught in the context of (professional) disciplines in which they would be used, for example, Journalism and African languages, Education and African languages, etc. The book caters for this growing market. Because of its multilingual nature, it caters to English and Afrikaans language speakers, as well as the Sotho and Nguni language groups - the largest languages in South Africa [and also increasingly used in the context of South African Higher Education]. It brings together various inter-linked disciplines such as Sociolinguistics and Applied Language Studies, Media Studies and Journalism, History and Education, Social and Natural Sciences, Law, Human Language Technology, Music, Intercultural Communication and Literary Studies. The unique cross-cutting disciplinary features of the book will make it a must-have for twenty-first century South African students and scholars and those interested in applied language issues.

    Communication: A Hands On Approach (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Sandra Cleary Communication: A Hands On Approach (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
    Sandra Cleary
    R408 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R83 (20%) In stock

    The ability to communicate well is a key marker of success in any environment, particularly in the world of business. The second edition of Communication: A hands-on approach focuses on different forms of communication, emphasising writing as a communication tool, particularly within the business environment. The evolution of technology and its use in the business environment has been taken into account and a new chapter on digital media has been included to show how blogs, Twitter and other social media can be used effectively.

    Kindness - The Little Thing that Matters Most (Hardcover): Jaime Thurston, 52 Lives Kindness - The Little Thing that Matters Most (Hardcover)
    Jaime Thurston, 52 Lives 1
    R233 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R57 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

    Kindness - the little thing that matters most aims to motivate and inspire by showing readers what a difference even a small act of kindness can make. It uses the voices of those who have been helped by the author's charity - 52 Lives - to ground the ideas in real life action. The book is themed around 52 simple actions you can do to spread kindness. Interspersed throughout are nuggets of science explaining the positive effect kindness has on the brain and on the heart. This book is a call to action for people to live a more connected, fulfilling life. With inspirational quotes and personal stories this book will give you all the motivation you need to start spreading a little kindness - it's free afterall! Learn to live a life of kindness by following Jaime's infectious positivity in this charming gift book. Here are some examples:- Be a Seat Vigilante- Be Kind to Unkind People- Go High-Give Away a Minute- Embrace Curiosity

    Research matters (Paperback): R. Bezuidenhout, C. Davis, F. du Plooy-Cilliers Research matters (Paperback)
    R. Bezuidenhout, C. Davis, F. du Plooy-Cilliers
    R404 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R82 (20%) In stock

    Research matters is an introductory research title aimed at undergraduate students. In an accessible and comprehensive manner, it explains research in its entirety to the novice researcher. The book aims at equipping the inexperienced researcher with the necessary skills and confidence to tackle the research process. The chapters provide a theoretical underpinning and an overview of the three most common research paradigms and how these paradigms impact on the way in which researchers conduct their research. Qualitative and quantitative methods are covered in detail as are the practicalities of referencing, proposal and report writing, and determining the limitations of research. The important topic of ethics in research is also included.

    Integrated Organisational Communication  (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Rachel Barker Integrated Organisational Communication (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
    Rachel Barker 1
    R697 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R160 (23%) In stock

    Communication is often described as the glue that binds an organisation, enabling interaction with its customers, agents and the broader public. Communication flourishes in organisations and is central to their activities and functions: as marketing communication, public relations, management communication, corporate communication, etc.; in determining and implementing strategy, operations and processes; in all interaction - interpersonal, mediated, digital and social; as the foundation of corporate culture. Integrated Organisational Communication 2nd Edition covers these aspects and addresses the growing need among students and practitioners for a book that takes a broad look at organisations' communication, and then delves into the detail. This book adopts a multidisciplinary approach to organisational communication, and while it takes cognisance of individual academic and professional disciplines, it avoids alignment with any one of these.

    Contagious - How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age (Paperback): Jonah Berger Contagious - How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age (Paperback)
    Jonah Berger 1
    R179 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R37 (21%) In stock

    Why are some products and ideas talked about more than others? Why do some articles make the most emailed list? Why do some YouTube videos go viral? Word-of-mouth. Whether through face-to-face conversations, emails from friends, or online product reviews, the information and opinions we get from others have a strong impact on our own behaviour. Indeed, word-of-mouth generates more than two times the sales of paid advertising and is the primary factor behind 20-50% of all purchasing decisions.It is between 8.5 and 30 times more effective than traditional media.But want to know the best thing about word-of-mouth? It's available to everyone.Whether you're a Fortune 500 company trying to increase sales, a corner restaurant trying to raise awareness, a non-profit trying to fight obesity, or a newbie politician running for city council, word-of-mouth can help you succeed. And you don't have to have millions of dollars to spend on an advertising budget. You just have to get people to talk.The challenge, though, is how to do that. This book will show you how.

    Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
    R187 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R36 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days
    Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/Kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/Kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
    R187 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R36 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days
    Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/Kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/Kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
    R187 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R36 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days
    Communication in English - NQF 1 Workbook (Paperback): Communication in English - NQF 1 Workbook (Paperback)
    R194 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R37 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days
    The Emoji Code - The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats (Hardcover): Vyvyan Evans The Emoji Code - The Linguistics Behind Smiley Faces and Scaredy Cats (Hardcover)
    Vyvyan Evans
    R448 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R110 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
    Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/Kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kommunikasie in Afrikaans - Communication/Kommunikasie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
    R187 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R36 (19%) Within 4 - 8 working days
    To quote myself - A memoir (Paperback): Khaya Dlanga To quote myself - A memoir (Paperback)
    Khaya Dlanga
    R180 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R25 (14%) In stock

    Khaya Dlanga has established himself as one of the most influential individuals in South African media, particularly social media, a platform he uses to promote discussion on topics that range from the frivolous to the profound. In to quote myself, Khaya recounts entertaining and moving stories about his roots and upbringing in rural Transkei, how he made his mark at school as well as his time spent studying advertising and as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his political views, how he overcame homelessness to become one of the most influential marketers in South Africa and he gives the reader a dose of the truly weird and wonderful that is routinely a part of his life.

    Media Studies: Volume 3 - Media Content And Media Audiences (Paperback): Pieter J. Fourie Media Studies: Volume 3 - Media Content And Media Audiences (Paperback)
    Pieter J. Fourie
    R603 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R135 (22%) In stock

    In this, the third volume, media content and media audiences (or users) are covered from methodological and theoretical perspectives. Part 1 of the book deals with: quantitative content analysis; visual text analysis; communication and media; textual analysis: narrative; semiotics; argument; media, language and discourse; narrative analysis; media and visual literacy; film theory and criticism. Part 2 deals with: media audience theory (dealing with the uses and gratification theory, reception theory and ethnography); field research in media studies; measuring media audiences; psychoanalysis and television as an illustration of an applied theoretical approach in media audience research; questionnaire surveys in media research. This volume has been written by senior lecturers in media and communication studies and is intended for students of media studies at institutions of tertiary-education.

    Business Research Methods (Paperback, UK ed.): Christina Quinlan, William G. Zikmund Business Research Methods (Paperback, UK ed.)
    Christina Quinlan, William G. Zikmund
    R682 R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Save R99 (15%) In stock

    Christina Quinlan joins William Zikmund, Barry Babin, Jon Carr and Mitch Griffin in this new first edition of Business Research Methods, which combines the qualitative and holistic approaches found in Christina Quinlan's texts with the quantitative and advanced methods of William Zikmund's. This is a comprehensive and interesting text that is essential reading for any business student taking a research methods module. Each stage of the research process is considered, including ethics and philosophical frameworks.

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