Democracy in an Age of Corporate Colonization: Developments in Communication and the Politics of Everyday Life

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State University of New York, Feb 21, 1992 - 399 pages
According to Deetz, our obsolete understanding of communication processes and power relations prevents us from seeing the corporate domination of public decision making. For most people issues of democracy, representation, freedom of speech, and censorship pertain to the State and its relationship to individuals and groups, and are linked to occasional political processes rather than everyday life decisions. This work reclaims the politics of personal identity and experience within the work environment as a first step to a democratic form of public decision-making appropriate to the modern context.

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An awesome perspective. I wonder what it would look like if written 20 years later. The picture seems so applicable to today, it makes one wonder how much more power has shifted from the public sphere to the private and if the private sector has started to recognize the value of democracy everywhere, not just in our government.  

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Stanley A. Deetz is Professor of Communication at Rutgers University. He is co-author of Managing Interpersonal Communication, and currently edits the Communication Yearbook series.

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