Communicating Terror: The Rhetorical Dimensions of Terrorism (2nd Revised edition)

Communicating Terror: The Rhetorical Dimensions of Terrorism (2nd Revised edition)

By: Joseph S. Tuman (author)Paperback

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Concise yet comprehensive, this up-to-date text examines how acts of "terrorism" create rhetorical acts: What messages, persuasive meanings, symbols, do acts of terrorism generate and communicate to the world at large? These rhetorical components include definitions and labels, symbolism in terrorism, public oratory about terrorism, and the relationship between terror and media. This unique communication perspective (vs. political scienceiminal justice approach) shows how the rhetoric of terrorism is truly a war of words, symbols, and meanings.

About Author

Joseph S. Tuman (J.D., University of California, Berkeley; B.A., political science, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor of Political and Legal Communications at San Francisco State University, where he regularly teaches upper-division courses in rhetoric and terrorism, political and legal communication, argumentation & advocacy, and technology and human communication. A past recipient of the Jacobus tenBroek Society Award for Teaching Excellence, Professor Tuman has also taught at the University of California, St. Mary's College, the New School for Social esearch, and Paris II, the top law school in France. He is the author of Political Communication in American Campaigns(SAGE, (c)2008) and the co-author of numerous books, including Freedom of Speech in the Marketplace of Ideas and of The Bedford/St. Martin's Guide to Public Speaking; he has also been the journal editor of Contemporary Argumentation & Debate: The Journal of the Cross Examination Debate Association. His work has been featured in news publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has served as a network analyst for news programs on ABC, NBC, CNN and CNN International, FOX and the BBC. He currently appears as a regular political commentator for CBS in the western United States.


Introduction 1. The Struggle to Define Terrorism Defining Terrorism Attempts to Synthesize a Consensus Definition Summary Notes 2. Terrorism as a Communication Process With Rhetorical Dimensions Terrorism as a Communication Process Terrorism and Rhetoric Summary Notes 3. Labeling and Defining Terrorism as Rhetoric Definitions and Labels Reconsidering the Definition of Terrorism Summary Notes 4. Symbols, Symbolism, and Terrorism: Means and Implements Symbols, Symbolism, and Violence/Destruction Symbolism in the Implements and Tools of Terrorism Summary Notes 5. Symbolism in the Targets of Terrorism Temporal Targets for Terrorism Symbolism in the Chechen Terrorist Attack on a Moscow Theater Symbolism, the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon Summary Notes 6. Methods for Studying Public Oratory About Terrorism A Method of Rhetoric for Public Oratory Summary Notes 7. Case Studies for Public Oratory About Terrorism President Bush's Speech to the Nation Immediately After the Attacks of 9/11 President Bush's Speech to the Congress, the Nation, and the World on September 20, 2001 Speech by Osama bin Laden, Dated 11/1/2004: Just Before the 2004 General Election in the United States Summary Notes 8. Theories of Mass Media for Terrorism Understanding Mass Media Media-Centered Criticism Summary Notes 9. Mass-Mediated Images and Construction of Terrorism Terrorism From Above and Mass Media Terrorism From Below and Mass Media Agenda Setting and the Framing of Terrorism in News Media Terrorism and New Media Terrorism and Paid Media Summary Notes Index About the Author

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412973243
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781412973243
  • ISBN10: 1412973244
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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