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A communicative perspective on the military: Interactions, messages, and discourses.

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A Communication Perspective on the Military brings into focus the challenge of sense-making in the war state. How do military family members talk to one another about the stress of deployment on their lives? How do media – old and new – render the costs of war meaningful? How is the narrative of war rhetorically constructed? The dynamics of military family transactions, media-military relations, and war rhetoric reveal, reinforce, and may even disrupt U.S. war culture. Offering close analysis and thoughtful critique, this book reflects upon the ways the meaning of war is communicated in private lives, social relations, and public affairs. The collection highlights three broad areas of concern: communication in the military family; the military in the media; and rhetoric surrounding the military. Katheryn Maguire, Roger Stahl, and Gordon Mitchell introduce each section with overarching and integrative literature reviews that offer directions for the field. Each section includes six chapters reporting the latest research and offering suggestions for practical applications. The book is a must-have reference for military and communication scholars and an ideal text for graduate seminars and upper division undergraduate courses focusing on communication and the military.
Contents
Forward: Telling the stories of the War State—Robert Ivie
Chapter 1: Research at the intersections of military and communication: A preview
and review—Erin Sahlstein Parcell
Section One: Military Families
Chapter 2: Military family communication: A review and synthesis of the
research—Katheryn C. Maguire
Chapter 3: Communication of military couples during deployment: Topic
avoidance and relational uncertainty —Leanne K. Knobloch, Jennifer A.
Theiss, and Erin C. Wehrman
Chapter 4: Enacting resistance: Military parents reports of successful
communication with children during deployment—Candee H. Berck and Lynne
M. Webb
Chapter 5: Spirituality, social support, and the communicative role of the
chaplain in veteran populations—Emily M. Cramer, Kelly E. Tenzek, and Mike
Allen
Chapter 6: Military families online: Seeking and providing support through
internet discussion boards—Andrew High, Victoria Jennings-Kelsall, Denise
Solomon, and Amy Marshall
Chapter 7: Work-family predicaments of Air Force wives: A sensemaking
perspective—Michelle Still Mehta and Jane Jorgenson
Chapter 8: Communicating identity: The impact of veteran’s identity
negotiation on family communication—Sarah Symonds Le Blanc and Loreen
N. Olson
Section Two: Media and the Military
Chapter 9: The full spectrum? Media and the Military—Roger Stahl
Chapter 10: The “experiment” of the Tuskegee Airmen as reported in two
competing African-American newspapers, 1940-1944—Kenneth S. Sexton
Chapter 11: Reluctant conquests: Media events and the end of the Iraq War—
Paul Achter
Chapter 12: Nationalism and soldiers’ health: Media framing of soldiers’ return
from deployment—John W. Howard, III and Laura C. Prividera
Chapter 13: Honoring the dead, supporting the war: Media eulogies and the
possibilities of patriotic discourse—Kevin Coe
Chapter 14: Examining the content of milblogs and their influence on public
support for war—Michel M. Haigh and Michael Pfau
Chapter 15: Always on duty: Managing U.S. Marines on social media—Lisa
Silvestri
Section Three: Rhetoric Surrounding the Military
Chapter 16: Necessity and possibility in military rhetoric—Gordon R. Mitchell
Chapter 17: Riding an American nightmare: Generals Moseley and MacArthur,
Men on horseback—Tracey Quigley Holden
Chapter 18: Freedom from fat is freedom to fight: A Foucauldian reading of
Mission: Readiness’ rhetoric—Anne Gerbensky-Kerber and Benjamin R. Bates
Chapter 19: The war of words commemorating Canada’s war dead: Rhetoric
and the “Highway of Heroes”—Derek Foster
Chapter 20: Cinematic simulacra and the prospect for public agency:
Constructing the citizen-soldier in post-9/11 war films—Stephen Klein
Chapter 21: Forgetting histories of toxic military violence: The case of the
Kelly Air Force Base—Bryan Walsh
Chapter 22: The myth of the warrior: Rhetorics of masculinity and Don't Ask
Don't Tell—Anna M. Young and Pauline M. Kaurin
Book
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The Handbook of Communication and Security provides a comprehensive collection and synthesis of communication scholarship that engages security at multiple levels, including theoretical vs. practical, international vs. domestic, and public vs. private. The handbook includes chapters that leverage communication-based concepts and theories to illuminate and influence contemporary security conditions. Collectively, these chapters foreground and analyze the role of communication in shaping the economic, technological, and cultural contexts of security in the 21st century. This book is ideal for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students and scholars in the numerous subfields of communication and security studies.
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