COMMUNICATION, POWER AND CHANGE IN THE CARIBBEANProduct no.: HP158
Communicative power is the ability of a communicative act to realize the intentions of its originators. Communicative acts are goal directed and rely on varying levels of collaboration in order to achieve their intended objectives. In an interesting polemic Paloma Mohamed argues that variations in communicative power are directly related to variations in other types of power in any society. Therefore low communicative power is directly related to inequality and social and economic marginalisation.
This book takes a fascinating holistic, multi-level actor oriented approach to examining social change in two Caribbean countries. Mohamed evaluates the power of various communicative artefacts produced by various strata in those societies. She continues by investigating what constitutes this power, how it is used, how it is maintained and in whose interests. The result is a richly researched, deeply thoughtful and passionately argued case for placing communication at the core of evaluations of power and change in the world.