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The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda unpacks the ever-present and exciting topic of propaganda to explain how it invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts. As a beguiling tool of political persuasion in times of war, peace, and uncertainty, propaganda incites people to take, often violent, action, consciously or unconsciously. This pervasive influence is particularly prevalent in world politics and international relations today. In this interdisciplinary Handbook, the editors have gathered together a group of world-class scholars from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, to discuss leadership propaganda, war propaganda, propaganda for peace marketing, propaganda as a psychological tool, terror-enhanced propaganda, and the contemporary topics of internet-mediated propaganda. Unlike previous publications on the subject, this book brings to the forefront current manifestations and processes of propaganda such as Islamist, and Far Right propaganda, from interdisciplinary perspectives. In its four parts, the Handbook offers researchers and academics of propaganda studies, peace and conflict studies, media and communication studies, political science and governance marketing, as well as intelligence and law enforcement communities, a comprehensive overview of the tools and context of the development and evolution of propaganda from the twentieth century to the present: Part One: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research; Part Two: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research; Part Three: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research; Part Four: Propaganda in Context.

Trumpaganda1: The War on Facts, Press, and Democracy
Trumpaganda: the war on facts, press, and democracy
Mira Sotirovic
Introduction

Propaganda in its original sense, as an organization established in the 17th century by the Catholic church with an objective to spread its doctrine, is not much more controversial or different in its aims than modern corporate communications departments or public relations agencies. As a form of communication, propaganda aims to exert influence in the service of particularistic interests. However, through many historical instances of unscrupulous uses to systematically misinform and deceive, propaganda gained a vicious reputation and a bad name. Professionals in the public relations and advertising industries distanced themselves from the negative connotations of the term by claiming to serve good causes ...

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