Economic Justice and Communication Ethics

Considering Multiple Points of Intersection

Authored by: Zachary A. Schaefer , Charles Conrad , George Cheney , Steve May , Shiv Ganesh

The Handbook of Communication Ethics

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  January  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415994644
eBook ISBN: 9780203890400
Adobe ISBN: 9781135846671


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The question of the market’s relationship to ethics is long-standing and contested (Kuttner, 1987). The debate shows little sign of resolution today, although some cracks in system-based confidence did appear with the global recession that began in late 2007. In this chapter will we consider the intersection of economy, ethics, and communication while arguing that the triumph of neoliberalism or free-market discourse in the last two decades of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st represents a case par excellence (a) for the study of persuasion in an economic context; (b) for the obscuring of ethical–moral issues, even as such policies bear directly on human welfare and human rights; and (c) for understanding the interplay of the symbolic and the material dimensions of human experience.

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