SUNY series in Communication Studies

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Peaceful Persuasion

Offers a conceptual foundation for nonviolent rhetoric.

Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making

Looks at the critical role of community members and other interested parties in environmental policy decision making.

Family Violence

Contributors engage the communication issues associated with violence in families, including interspousal violence and violent parents and children.

Apprehending Politics

Using penetrating, in-depth interviews, examines the individual political development of young adults in post-1960s America, and the roles that news media play in that development.

From Ballroom to DanceSport

An insider explores the transformation of ballroom dance into an Olympic sport.

The Dao of Rhetoric

Examines the ways Daoist (Taoist) thought may contribute to an understanding of human communication.

Being Made Strange

Offers a revised understanding of human subjectivity that avoids the extremes of both traditional humanism and cultural relativism.“Acknowledging the importance of the ‘middle voice’ of rhetoric is a worthwhile endeavor. For this, Vivian’s goals are to be applauded.” — Rhetoric and Public Affairs

Talking Problems

Presents a theory of discursive co-construction of problems, or how characters are portrayed in the telling of events.

The Idea of Identification

Drawing on examples from contemporary life, Woodward explores rhetorical conditions that create powerful moments of identification.

Boundaries of Privacy

Explores new ways to think about privacy and disclosure.

Postfeminist News

Examines the representation of women in the media.

Moments of Meeting

Tells the story of the relationship between two of the last century's foremost scholars of dialogue, philosopher Martin Buber and psychotherapist Carl Rogers.

Counterpublics and the State

Explores antagonistic encounters between people, both individuals and groups, and governments.

If Life Is a Game, How Come I'm Not Having Fun?

Advocates applying a spirit of play to everyday life.

Dialogic Civility in a Cynical Age

Offers insight and practical guidance for people interested in improving their interpersonal relationships in an age of rampant cynicism.

Che Bella Figura!

A colorful ethnography of an Italian ladies' club, this book explores the historical and linguistic importance of the women's language and behavior.

Kenneth Burke and the 21st Century

Kenneth Burke was an influential thinker, literary critic, and rhetorician in the transition between the 20th and 21st centuries. This volume, edited by an influential Burkean scholar, addresses the question: Who was Burke and how can his work be helpful to those who must face new problems and challenges?

The Last Conceptual Revolution

A critique of Rorty's own provocative political philosophy, as well as an in-depth look at both the issues concerning the relationship between the public and the private, and arguments on the role of reason in liberal political discourse generally.

Organizing Silence

A thought-provoking look at how silence is embedded in our language, society, and institutions. Sexual harassment is explored as an example.

The Martin Buber - Carl Rogers Dialogue

A corrected and extensively annotated version of the sole meeting between two of the most important figures in twentieth-century intellectual life.

Telling the Success Story

How do individuals tell their success stories when they want to secure recognition, but avoid appearing arrogant? By examining success stories of Nobel Prize winners, athletes, and Mary Kay Cosmetics consultants, this work analyzes this fundamental type of interpersonal communication.

Rhetorical Hermeneutics

Examines the nature of rhetorical theory and criticism, the rhetoric of science, and the impact of poststructuralism and postmodernism on contemporary accounts of rhetoric.

Beyond the Symbol Model

This interdisciplinary conversation discusses the nature of language.

Theory, Text, Context

Leading scholars of classical rhetoric address contemporary topics in Greek rhetoric and oratory.

Legitimating the Chinese Economic Reforms

Argues that the legitimacy of the Chinese government relies on two factors: the national myth of revolution and ideological orthodoxy.

The Theory and Practice of Political Communication Research

Provides insight into the world of political communication through its explication of theory and research methodology.

Zen in the Art of Rhetoric

Explores relationships between classical and contemporary approaches to rhetoric and their connection to the underlying assumptions at work in Zen Buddhism.

Political Rhetoric, Power, and Renaissance Women

This book deals with women in political power during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Catherine de Medici, Mary II) and about the gender-based stereotypes that were produced rhetorically about them.

Warranting Assent

This book is a book about how individuals decide that arguments (or excuses) are valid or invalid, sound or unsound, strong or weak, ethical or unethical, with many examples and applications.

Language as Articulate Contact

This book critiques semiotic accounts of the nature of language and sets forth a dialogic alternative.

Accounts, Excuses, and Apologies

Because responding to complaints is such an important part of human relations, this type of discourse has been studied in various disciplines. However, these studies tend to take a narrow focus. For example, ...

Doing Business with the Japanese

This book uniquely prepares westerners for professional contacts with Japanese associates, markets, and audiences. Through stimulating analyses of Japanese society, corporate culture, and communication ...

Plausible Argument in Everyday Conversation

This book provides a practical and accessible way of evaluating good and bad arguments used in everyday conversations by applying normative models of dialectical (interactive) argumentation, where two ...

Effective Communication for Academic Chairs

This handbook examines the communication aspects of the management position in academia. Most academic department chairs are not trained in management skills, including communication strategies. While ...

Democracy in an Age of Corporate Colonization

According to Deetz, our obsolete understanding of communication processes and power relations prevents us from seeing the corporate domination of public decision making. For most people issues of democracy, ...

A New Beginning

This book is a postmodern analysis of Ronald Reagan's 1984 film, A New Beginning, which marked the coming-of-age of the televisual political campaign film. The film was a landmark in the art of political ...

Rhetoric and Civility

This book relates the concept of civility to rhetorical disposition, and incivility to indisposition. The author discusses classical rhetorical theory and interprets it for use in all interactions, exploring ...

Video Icons & Values

This book focuses on the most powerful agency of value formation in our time — the video image as purveyed through television and mass media. Special attention is given to the impact of television on ...