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The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text
     

The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text

by Ben Voth
 

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Genocide represents one of the deadliest scourges of the human experience. Communication practices provide the key missing ingredient toward preventing and ending this intensely symbolic activity. The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text reveals how strategic communication silences make this tragedy probable, and how a greater social ethic for communication openness

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Genocide represents one of the deadliest scourges of the human experience. Communication practices provide the key missing ingredient toward preventing and ending this intensely symbolic activity. The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text reveals how strategic communication silences make this tragedy probable, and how a greater social ethic for communication openness repels and ends this great evil. Careful analysis of practical historical figures, such as the great debater James Farmer Jr., along with empirical policy successes in places such as Liberia provide a communication-based template for ridding the world of genocide in the twenty-first century.

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Rick Halperin
It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the horrors of genocide, both past and current. Dr. Voth makes it wonderfully clear that we need not have these tragedies in our midst, and that there is great power in individual initiative to eradicate genocide from this world.
John M. Jones
Ben Voth provides a well-written analysis of genocide and the role that communication has played in its emergence and perpetuation. Moreover, this important volume imagines a world without genocide and demonstrates how, through communication, this dream can become a reality. It is required reading for anyone who is interested in communication, genocide, or social justice.
Timothy M. O'Donnell
The Rhetoric of Genocide exhibits the fullness of communication studies: scholarship that is grounded in the rhetorical tradition, informed by participation in the deliberative arts, compelled by a deep sense of civic responsibility, and guided by the perspicacity that within the interplay of those forces resides a panacea for our times. Dr. Voth’s effort to introduce a communication framework to the growing body of interdisciplinary work on genocide studies will have broad appeal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739182062
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/18/2014
Series:
Lexington Studies in Political Communication
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
182
File size:
782 KB

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Meet the Author

Ben Voth is associate professor of communication and director of speech and debate at Southern Methodist University.

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