Protest Public Relations

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  • February 14, 2019

New book OUT NOW. Use FRL40 for a 20% discount

Love and thanks from the editor

I cannot be more thrilled (and perhaps a little spooked – what if I missed a typo?) that my first solo editorial project is out now, in print, packed with awesome content from fantastic contributors from around the world!

It took almost 2 years from coming up the idea of the book to seeing the book printed, so believe you me, editing a book is no easy task: it is a lot of planning and pitching (convincing both publishing houses and contributors that you make a good editor and that your book is a good home for their work), connecting, following up, reading, editing (doh!) and giving feedback, following up and all that again.

For me, this is an endeavour I’d like to repeat:

  • it is exciting to discover people around the world with similar research interests;
  • it is amazing to work with people you have never met in person (and might not ever get to meet them) yet agree on a mission and tasks and trust each other
  • it is rewarding to have a preview of the contributor’s work
  • it is enlightening to see the contributor’s process (how they collaborate, how they edit their work, how they go about accepting and incorporating feedback)
  • it is demanding (and at times frustrating) to go through the entire production process but so necessary.

So today, it’s a big thank you to all those involved in making it happen: not only the contributors to the book but also to all those unsung heroes, copy editors and designers, university staff and families. Thank you!

Read/review/share

If you are curious to read and review the book, leave me a comment and I’ll put you in touch with the Commissioning Editor.

If you want to buy the book (or recommend it to your librarian), remember to use the code FRL40 to get a 20% discount.

The book in a nutshell

Global movements and protests from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement have been attributed to growing access to social media, while without it, local causes like #bringbackourgirls and the ice bucket challenge may have otherwise remained unheard and unseen.

Regardless of their nature – advocacy, activism, protest or dissent – and beyond the technological ability of digital and social media to connect support, these major events have all been the results of excellent communication and public relations. But PR remains seen only as the defender of corporate and capitalist interests, and therefore resistant to outside voices such as activists, NGOs, union members, protesters and whistle-blowers.

Drawing on contributions from around the world to examine the concepts and practice of “activist,” “protest” and “dissent” public relations, this book challenges this view. Using a range of international examples, it explores the changing nature of protest and its relationship with PR and provides a radical analysis of the communication strategies and tactics of social movements and activist groups and their campaigns. This thought-provoking collection will be of interest to researchers and advanced students of public relations, strategic communication, political science, politics, journalism, marketing, and advertising, and also to PR professionals in think tanks and NGOs.

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