International Encyclopedia of Communications: 4 Volumes

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The Internationa Encyclopedia of Communications, published jointly with the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, represents the first attempt to survey--and, in many respects, to define--the communications field. In a clear, comprehensive, and authoritative way, the IEC covers all aspects of communication--individual and institutional, cultural and technological, practical and theoretical--in every part of the world. Broad in scope and interdisciplinary in coverage, the IEC contains more than 550 original articles written by a distinguished international group of contributors.

Within the various entries, thousands of subjects are discussed: from simple physical gesture to speech, language, and alphabet; from fire signal to space satellite; from clay tablet to microchip. And, unlike other encyclopedias, the IEC approaches each topic from the unique perspective of the communications field, discussing communications research and scholarship as well as the links between communications and host of other disciplines--including anthropology, art, education, history, journalism, law, linguistics, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, science and technology, and sociology.
A singular source of information encompassing a broad range of disciplines, the IEC is destined to become an indispensable reference for students, scholars, educators, professionals, and general readers, and an essentail resource for every library.

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About the Author:

Erik Barnouw, now retired, was Chief of the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and recorded Sound Division, and long headed Columbia University's film division.

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"This four-volume encyclopedia...is the first of its kind in the field, and it is a treasure....To all libraries and communications departments: Buy this now."--Library Journal

"Represents a seven-year odyssey by a group of noted communicators seeking to develop a unique and distinctive encyclopedic work. This odyssey has proved eminently successful."--American Reference Books Annual

"[The] breadth is notewothy; topics and individuals are included that one might consider obvious (political communication, persuasion, journalism, Aristotle) as well as those not so obvious (pornography, tourism, funerary art, puppetry, Muzak, the Crusades)....The IEC succeeds most
emphatically in its contribution to a field where no other major reference source exists and it will also be valuable to researchers/students in other disciplines."--Choice

"A unique reference work. It should certainly occupy a place in the reference room of every college and university library....I hope that readers of this review will sample the IEC next time they are preparing a lecture. Be sure to save a little time for browsing in this irresistable
treasure."--Quarterly Journal of Speech

"Should be added to the collections of university, departmental, and large public libraries. Graduate students and faculty working in unfamiliar terrain will welcome its convenient overviews. Undergraduates will discover the efficiency of consulting the Encyclopedia when writing term
papers."--The Annals of the American Academy

"A significant scholarly achievement. Its broad and authoritative coverage of the multifaceted aspects of communication provides a synthesis of ideas and concepts that span many disciplines. While a number of the topics treated are also covered by other subject encyclopedias and even by
general encyclopedias, IEC offers a unique perspective by viewing events, places, organizations, social processes, and other factors in relation to their contribution to or influence on the evolution of communication." --RBB/Booklist

"A marvel of order and planning....Presented in clear and serviceable English with generous illustrations....[Its] expansiveness makes the encyclopedia unexpectedly rewarding reading....The browser finds many bonanzas--an array of articles one might never have expected to see in any
encyclopedia."--Columbia Journalism Review

"A beauty...printed in two colors, generously illustrated, arranged both alphabetically and topically, consistent in style, never loose, never digressive, never argumentative....Sound enough to satisfy discriminating scholars, it also invites mining for nuggets...so many essays are downright
fascinating that one is tempted to read the volumes incrementally...from all four covers to all four covers."--Los Angeles Times

"Indispensable for all reference collections embracing the field of communications science....Not only one of the most significant publications of the year, it is also one of the most attractive....Truly a magnificent work."--American Libraries

"Superbly produced....Undoubtedly a worthwhile investment for libraries both public and academic. There are simply no competitors."--Times Higher Education Supplement

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