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The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda (Hardback)
  • The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda (Hardback)

The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda (Hardback)

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Hardback 656 Pages / Published: 11/01/2020
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The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda unpacks the ever-present and exciting topic of propaganda to explain how it invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts.

As a beguiling tool of political persuasion in times of war, peace, and uncertainty, propaganda incites people to take, often violent, action, consciously or unconsciously. This pervasive influence is particularly prevalent in world politics and international relations today. In this interdisciplinary Handbook, the editors have gathered together a group of world-class scholars from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, to discuss leadership propaganda, war propaganda, propaganda for peace marketing, propaganda as a psychological tool, terror-enhanced propaganda, and the contemporary topics of internet-mediated propaganda.

Unlike previous publications on the subject, this book brings to the forefront current manifestations and processes of propaganda such as Islamist, and Far Right propaganda, from interdisciplinary perspectives.

In its four parts, the Handbook offers researchers and academics of propaganda studies, peace and conflict studies, media and communication studies, political science and governance marketing, as well as intelligence and law enforcement communities, a comprehensive overview of the tools and context of the development and evolution of propaganda from the twentieth century to the present:

Part One: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research

Part Two: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research

Part Three: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research

Part Four: Propaganda in Context

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781526459985
Number of pages: 656
Dimensions: 246 x 184 mm

The digital revolution has caused both an explosion and transformation of political messaging. As we reach 'peak propaganda' so our ability to find meaning in society diminishes. This book is a much needed contribution to understanding what it all does actually mean. -- Miles Young

In the age of fake news, post-truth, rumours and spin, never has there been a more apposite time for a detailed examination of the subject of propaganda. Expertly edited, the SAGE Handbook of Propaganda brings together a host of world authorities who deliver a stunning collection of deep insights into all aspects of political communication development and practice. The perfect publication for the domain scholar and interested observer alike.

-- Raphael Pascual

This is a timely tome, given that 'fake news' is all the rage - or not, as the case may be - in the White House. It is global in its reach and comprehensive in its research into fake news, propaganda, invention, conspiracy theory, 'presentation', imagination and heroic deduction. As an ex-Government press secretary for nearly 25 years, I hope its message will be heeded: communicators have only one stock-in-trade - credibility. Winston Churchill showed the way with "blood, toil, tears and sweat". His reality inspired a nation.

-- Sir Bernard Ingham
Propaganda - the 'weaponisation of advocacy' as this book describes it - is an ever-evolving contemporary phenomenon which demands unceasing analysis. This book draws a line from the atrocities of the First World war to the divisive digital campaigning of nationalism and identity politics; the book allows the reader to connect some of the dots between disparate events from the perspective of cognition, persuasion and action, describing, if not defining, the way in which propaganda continues to influence audience behaviours. It might not tell the reader exactly what propaganda is, but they will be more likely to know it when they see it.
-- Ben Heap

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