Character Assassination and Reputation Management: Theory and Applications

By Eric B. Shiraev, Jennifer Keohane, Martijn Icks, Sergei A. Samoilenko, 2021 The first textbook in the field of study offers the original comprehensive examination of character assassination. Featuring an extensive glossary of key terms, critical thinking exercises, and summaries to encourage problem-based learning, Character Assassination and Reputation Management will prove invaluable to the undergraduate and postgraduate students in communication, political …

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Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management

Edited by Sergei A. Samoilenko, Martijn Icks, Jennifer Keohane, Eric B. Shiraev, 2020. The Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management offers the first comprehensive examination of character assassination. Moving beyond studying corporate reputation management and how public figures enact and maintain their reputation, this lively volume offers a framework and cases to help understand, critically …

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The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda

Edited by Paul Baines, Nicholas O’Shaughnessy, and Nancy Snow Forthcoming 2020 There is some controversy over what role propaganda plays and whether or not it radicalizes people to take part in these actions. This deserves much further exploration in this volume. Most believe propaganda has a strong role to play in radicalization given its traditional …

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Character Assassination throughout the Ages

Edited by Martijn Icks and Eric Shiraev Using a variety of cases from history and today’s life, the book examines character attackers targeting the private lives, behavior, values, and identity of their victims. Numerous historical examples show that character assassination has always been a very effective weapon to win political battles or settle personal scores. …

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Communist Rhetoric and Feminist Voices in Cold War America

By Jennifer Keohane This book tells the story of a group of women affiliated with the United States Communist Party (CPUSA) who used a variety of rhetorical resources to build credibility and transform the party into a vibrant dwelling place for feminist discourse and activism during a conservative period. It evidences Communist women’s significant and …

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A Rhetoric of Divisive Partisanship

The 2016 American Presidential Campaign Discourse of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump By Colleen Elizabeth Kelly This book examines the campaign speeches of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump as they targeted members of the American public that were ideologically different but equally emotionally vulnerable. Each appealed to marginalized segments of the electorate, groups at opposite …

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Presidential Communication and Character

White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump By Stephen J. Farnsworth This book traces the evolution of White House news management during America’s changing media environment over the past two decades. Comparing and contrasting the communication strategies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, it demonstrates …

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Political Insults: How Offenses Escalate Conflict

By Karina V. Korostelina In this book, Karina V. Korostelina offers a novel framework for analyzing the ways in which seemingly minor insults between ethnic groups, nations, and other types of groups escalate to disproportionately violent behavior and political conflict. Insult can take many forms. Yet, as this book shows, it is always a social …

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The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics

By Salena Zito and Brad Todd Zito and Todd have traveled on over 27,000 miles of country roads to interview more than 300 Trump voters in 10 swing counties. What they have discovered is that these voters were hiding in plain sight–ignored by both parties, the media, and the political experts all at once, ready …

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Systemic Humiliation in America Finding Dignity within Systems of Degradation

Edited by Daniel Rothbart This volume explores contemporary social conflict, focusing on a sort of violence that rarely receives coverage in the evening news. This violence occurs when powerful institutions seek to manipulate the thoughts of marginalized people—manufacturing their feelings and fostering a sense of inferiority—for the purpose of disciplinary control.  Many American institutions strategically …

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