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It's Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society, 2nd Edition

It's Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society, 2nd Edition

W. Timothy Coombs, Sherry J. Holladay

ISBN: 978-1-118-55404-3

Jul 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

168 pages



In the second edition of their award-winning book, W. Timothy Coombs and Sherry J. Holladay provide a broad and thorough look at the field of public relations in the world today and assess its positive and negative impact on society’s values, knowledge, and perceptions.

  • Uses a range of global, contemporary examples, from multi-national corporations through to the non-profit sector
  • Updated to include discussion of new issues, such as the role and limitations of social media; the emergence of Issues Management; how private politics is shaping corporate behavior; and the rise of global activism and the complications of working in a global world
  • Covers the search within the profession for a definition of PR, including the Melbourne Mandate and Barcelona Principles
  • Balanced, well organized, and clearly written by two leading scholars

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Acknowledgments viii

Introduction to the Second Edition 1

1 Does Society Need Public Relations? 4

2 Ethical Implications of Public Relations 36

3 Who Practices Public Relations? 60

4 Public Relations Influences Society 90

5 Shifting the View of Public Relations 123

References 141
Index 159