Faculty Authors

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.

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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.

 

Dave  Keating - Assistant Professor

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Recent Publications

Keating, D. M. (in press). Probing a relevance-driven account of the functional matching process for utilitarian and value-expressive attitudes. Communication Monographs. https://doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2020.1762100

Keating, D. M., Richards, A. S., Palomares, N. A., Banas, J. A., Joyce, N., & Rains, S. A. (in press). Titling practices and their implications in communication research 1970-2010: Cutesy cues carry citation consequences. Communication Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650219887025

 Keating, D. M., & Boster, F. J. (2019). Nonlinear unidimensionality in communication science: Tests, examples, and implications. Communication Research Reports, 36(1), 67-77. https://doi.org/10.1080/08824096.2018.1555524

Keating, D. M., & Totzkay, D. (2019). We do publish (conceptual) replications (sometimes): Publication trends in communication science, 2007-2016. Annals of the International Communication Association, 43(3), 225-239. https://doi.org/10.1080/23808985.2019.1632218

Nazione, S., Perrault, E. K., & Keating, D. M. (2019). Finding common ground: Can provider-patient race concordance and self-disclosure bolster patient trust, perceptions and intentions? Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 6(5), 962-972. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-019-00597-6

Keating, D. M. (2018). Extending efforts to move cigarette and e-cigarette beliefs: Message exposure and belief structures. Journal of Health Communication, 23(10-11), 956-966. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2018.1548670

 

Susana  Martinez Guillem - Associate Professor,  Co-Director, Graduate Programs

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Critical  Discourse Studies and/in Communication: Theories, Mehodologies, and Pedagogies at the Interesctions

This book argues for an inherent connection between Critical Discourse Studies and Communication Studies. 

The volume begins with a comprehensive introduction that documents the shift towards Critical Discourse Studies in the study of socio-discursive phenomena, as well as its implications in terms of theories, methodologies, and objects of study within and beyond Communication. The diverse selection of case studies further demonstrates the possibilities located at the intersection of Communication and Critical Discourse Studies, ultimately providing solid ground for a firmer cross-fertilization between the two. The chapters as a whole provide an insightful state of the art of the kinds of research that emerge when we consider the traversing trajectories of Critical Discourse Studies and Communication, advancing our understanding of self-reflexivity, journalism production and social media, discourses of neurodiversity, the environment, autism advocacy, and national memory. They also provide promising emergent venues that speak to the value and the need of interdisciplinary theory building. 

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

 

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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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