Social Research in Communication and Law is a practical guide to doing research on law and communication questions. It is not unusual for communication and media researchers to study law or legal issues, nor is it uncommon for legal scholars to study communication law. But it is something of a departure for the two to come together as has been accomplished in this innovative volume. The two distinguished authors do not deny the value of previous studies done in media law or the sociology of law, for example, but they suggest that `communication and law' scholars can create something original that will contribute to knowledge and therefore, public understanding of these two symbiotic processes.Offering rich citations and examples from existing literature, this engaging book shows communication law scholars how to make more effective use of the methodologies employed in communication science. Topics addressed include reconciling communication and law, social research approaches to libel and theories pertaining to freedom of expression.Cohen and Gleason have produced a book that is a valuable augmentation to courses in communication law, history, sociology and media ethics. It appears at a time when we are experiencing a renaissance of interest in the interface of these vital social processes. Thoughtful readers will appreciate its message both in literal and more subtle ways.
Foreword - Everett E Dennis
Probing Communication and Law
Distinguishing Law and Legal Theory
Theories of Freedom of Expression
A Social Research Approach to Libel
Reconciling Communication and Law
A Research Agenda for Communication and Law