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Marco  Briziarelli - Associate Professor

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The Red Brigades and the Discourse of Violence: Revolution and Restoration

This book explores the communicative practices of the Italian radical group Red Brigades (Brigate Rosse, or BR), the relationship the group established with the Italian press, and the specific social historical context in which the BR developed both its own self-understanding and its complex dialectical connection with the society at large. The BR’s worldview and the dominant ideology(ies) mediated by the press are treated as competing responses to structural issues of Italian history: the structural weakness of the nation state, the contradictions of an uneven economic development, and the consequent struggle of the bourgeois class to achieve hegemonic rule.

Available on Amazon.com.


Reviving Gramsci: Crisis, Communication, and Change
Co-authored with Susana Martinez-Guillem

Engaging debates within cultural studies, media and communication studies, and critical theory, this book addresses whether Gramscian thought continues to be relevant for social and cultural analysis, in particular when examining times of crisis and social change. The book is motivated by two intertwined but distinct purposes: first, to show the privileged and fruitful link between a "Gramscian Theory of Communication" and a "Communicative Theory of Gramsci;" second, to explore the ways in which such a Gramscian perspective can help us interpret and explain different forms of political activism in the twenty-first century, such as "Occupy" in the US, "Indignados" in Spain, or "Movimento Cinque Stelle" in Italy.

Schedule for publication March, 2016

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Shinsuke  Eguchi - Associate Professor

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Japan is heterogeneous and culturally diverse, both historically through ancient waves of immigration and in recent years due to its foreign relations and internationalization. However, Japan has socially, culturally, politically, and intellectually constructed a distinct and homogeneous identity. More recently, this identity construction has been rightfully questioned and challenged by Japan’s culturally diverse groups.

This book explores the discursive systems of cultural identities that regenerate the illusion of Japan as a homogeneous nation. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches investigate the ways in which Japan’s homogenizing discourses are challenged and modified by counter-homogeneous message systems. They examine the discursive push-and-pull between homogenizing and heterogenizing vectors, found in domestic and transnational contexts and mobilized by various identity politics, such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, foreign status, nationality, multiculturalism, and internationalization. After offering a careful and critical analysis, the book calls for a complicating of Japan’s homogenizing discourses in nuanced and contextual ways, with an explicit goal of working towards a culturally diverse Japan.

Taking a critical intercultural communication perspective, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese Studies, Japanese Culture and Japanese Society.

This book can be found at Routledge.com.

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Dirk  Gibson - Professor

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Associate professor Dirk C. Gibson has produced a third book on serial murderers, this one titled Serial Killing for Profit: Multiple Murder for Money.

In his 2009 book, Dr. Gibson focuses on serial killers motivated by monetary gain, which includes one-quarter of cases classified as serial murders.

Serial Killing for Profit can be seen at amazon.com and it also can be seen at barnesandnoble.com.

In his second book in the series, Serial Murder and Media Circuses, Dr. Gibson presents and analyzes the role of communication—rhetoric, journalism and public relations—in the highly charged and emotional atmosphere of serial murders, and he points to the troubling downside of mass press coverage of these horrific crimes.

The book can be found at Greenwood Publishing Group, and it can be seen at amazon.com or at barnesandnoble.com.

His first book in the series, Clues from Killers: Serial Murder and Crime Scene Messages, was released in 2004 by Praeger Publishers.

The first book describes the rhetorical behavior of serial murderers. Based on a sample of 500 serial killers, Clues from Killers includes chapters on the Mad Butcher of Cleveland, Jack the Ripper, the Black Dahlia Avenger, and Zodiac.

Clues from Killers can be found at Greenwood Publishing Group, and it can be seen at amazon.com or at barnesandnoble.com.

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Susana  Martinez Guillem - Associate Professor

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Reviving Gramsci: Crisis, Communication, and Change
Co-authored with Marco Briziarelli

Engaging debates within cultural studies, media and communication studies, and critical theory, this book addresses whether Gramscian thought continues to be relevant for social and cultural analysis, in particular when examining times of crisis and social change. The book is motivated by two intertwined but distinct purposes: first, to show the privileged and fruitful link between a "Gramscian Theory of Communication" and a "Communicative Theory of Gramsci;" second, to explore the ways in which such a Gramscian perspective can help us interpret and explain different forms of political activism in the twenty-first century, such as "Occupy" in the US, "Indignados" in Spain, or "Movimento Cinque Stelle" in Italy.

Schedule for publication March, 2016

 

David  Weiss - Associate Professor

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The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays (co-edited by Jason A. Edwards and David Weiss)

The American experience has been defined, in part, by the rhetoric of exceptionalism. This book of 11 critical essays explores the notion as it is manifested across a range of contexts, including the presidency, foreign policy, religion, economics, American history, television news and sports. The idea of exceptionalism is explored through the words of its champions and its challengers, past and present. By studying how the principles of American exceptionalism have been used, adapted, challenged, and even rejected, this volume demonstrates the continued importance of exceptionalism to the mythology, sense of place, direction and identity of the United States, within and outside of the realm of politics.

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What Democrats Talk About When They Talk About God: Religious Communication in Democratic Party Politics

What Democrats Talk about When They Talk about God is a collection of essays on the religious communication of past and present leaders of the Democratic Party, while in office, on the campaign trail, and in their public and private writing. While many books address issues at the intersection of church and state, this is the only volume that focuses exclusively on Democrats as important contributors to the dialogue about religion and politics in the United States.

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