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Rethinking power in public relations

Edwards, Lee ORCID: 0000-0001-6542-1234 (2006) Rethinking power in public relations. Public Relations Review, 32 (3). pp. 229-231. ISSN 0363-8111

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2006.05.013


In the United Kingdom, popular sceptism about the merits of public relations has prompted self-reflection among practitioners and industry bodies. At the root of the public debate is the assumption that public relations wields unjustified social influence on behalf of already privileged organizational interests. The core concern of this discussion, therefore, is the power that a public relations has in democratic societies. This paper proposes that adopting a relational view of public relations as a profession defined by its relationships will help explicate the nature of power more effectively. Using Pierre Bourdieu's framework of fields, structures, habitus and capital, a more comprehensive picture of how power operates in public relations can be developed, which will give us a new starting point for addressing public concerns.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Elsevier
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 12:16
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 23:11

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