BOOKS RECEIVED: H.L. Goodall,  “Counter-Narrative: How Progressive Academics Can Challenge Extremists and Promote Social Justice” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
Goodall portrays a world caught up in the middle of a narrative arms race, where the message of the political right has outflanked the message of the political left. It is a world where narratives used by the far right… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Paula L. W. Sabloff, “Does Everyone Want Democracy?: Insights from Mongolia” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Do all people desire democracy? For at least a century, the idea that democracy is a universal good has been an article of faith for American policy makers. Paula Sabloff challenges this conventional wisdom about who wants democracy and why.… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Albro, et al., eds., “Anthropologists in the SecurityScape: Ethics, Practice, and Professional Identity” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
As the military and intelligence communities re-tool for the 21st century, the long and contentious debate about the role of social scientists in national security environments is dividing the disciplines with renewed passion. Yet, research shows that most scholars have… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Katherine Elizabeth Mack, “From Apartheid to Democracy: Deliberating Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa” (Penn State UP, 2014)
South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings can be considered one of the most significant rhetorical events of the late twentieth century. The TRC called language into action, tasking it with promoting understanding among a divided people and facilitating… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jeremy Engels, “The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In the days and weeks following the tragic 2011 shooting of nineteen Arizonans, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there were a number of public discussions about the role that rhetoric might have played in this horrific event. In question was the… Read More
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