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Gossip Girl: A Critical Understanding

by Lori Bindig Lexington Books (November 12, 2014)

This book is a critical cultural studies analysis of the CW’s hit teen television drama Gossip Girl (2007–2012). Bindig examines the show in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, and consumerism, and...


Transnational Feminist Rhetorics and Gendered Leadership in Global Politics: From Daughters of Destiny to Iron Ladies

by Rebecca S. Richards & Rebecca Dingo Lexington Books (October 28, 2014)

This project analyzes how political women rhetorically perform—discursively, visually, and physically—their positions of power and how these performances are read, time again, against and with other women...


The Impact of YouTube on U.S. Politics

by LaChrystal D. Ricke Lexington Books (August 14, 2014)

The Impact of YouTube on U.S. Politics analyzes the broad and evolving political impact of YouTube, specifically addressing political campaigning, communication, and engagement. The text provides a synthesized...


Critical Articulations of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

by Sheena C. Howard, Sakile K. Camara, Brad Crownover & Darlene K. Drummond et al. Lexington Books (September 17, 2014)

This collection features engaging scholarly essays and creative writings that examine the meaning of race, gender, and sexual orientation as interlocking systems of oppression. It provides a meaningful space...


Primetime Pundits: How Cable News Covers Social Issues

by Lynn Letukas Lexington Books (September 04, 2014)

Primetime Pundits explores the ascent of punditry and offers a new approach for understanding how social issues are covered in the changing media landscape. Based on extensive research of primetime news coverage...


The Times-Picayune in a Changing Media World: The Transformation of an American Newspaper

by Vicki Mayer, S. L. Alexander, Alfred Lawrence Lorenz & Frank D. Durham et al. Lexington Books (July 17, 2014)

This book is a study of the 2012-2013 transition of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans from a daily newspaper to a three-day-a-week publication with emphasis on its online presence (“Digital First”). It is...


Economic Actors, Economic Behaviors, and Presidential Leadership: The Constrained Effects of Rhetoric

by C. Damien Arthur Lexington Books (July 22, 2014)

This book utilizes a theoretically informed framework for analyzing the effectiveness of the president’s economic rhetoric and employs an empirical assessment that measures rhetoric’s effect on economic...


The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text

by Ben Voth Lexington Books (June 18, 2014)

Through the careful analysis of historical figures and empirical policy successes, The Rhetoric of Genocide: Death as a Text reveals how strategic communication silences make the tragedy of genocide probable...


Studies of Communication in the 2012 Presidential Campaign

by Robert E. Denton Jr., Rita Kirk, Kate M. Kenski & Dennis D. Cali et al. Lexington Books (June 04, 2014)

This diverse and unique collection of essays examines the role of communication in various aspects of the 2012 presidential campaign. Topics include the early campaign and Romney’s nomination battle, candidate...


Blogging: How Our Private Thoughts Went Public

by Kristin Roeschenthaler Wolfe Lexington Books (June 04, 2014)

Public versus private is an ongoing concern in communication. This book examines this phenomenon through self-representational writing and the philosophical lens of Hannah Arendt’s public versus private theory,...


Impact of Globalization on the Local Press in China: A Case Study of the Beijing Youth Daily

by Shixin Ivy Zhang Lexington Books (April 02, 2014)

This is an essential read for Chinese journalism. China has the world’s largest newspaper market, and globalization impacts many aspects of newspapers in China, ranging from press policies, press ownership,...


Invisible Language: Its Incalculable Significance for Philosophy

by Garth L. Hallett Lexington Books (March 06, 2014)

Invisible Language: Its Incalcuable Significance for Philosophy affirms that a greater awareness of language, philosophy's universal medium, could have altered the history of philosophy beyond recognition. Striking...


Health Care Disparities and the LGBT Population

by Teresa Heinz Housel, Vickie L. Harvey, Miriam King & Mike Allen et al. Lexington Books (April 01, 2014)

This edited volume fills an important gap in health communication, exploring the significant disparities in access to health care and health coverage that LGBT individuals and their families face. With cutting-edge...


A Functional Analysis of Political Television Advertisements

by William L. Benoit Lexington Books (April 01, 2014)

A Functional Analysis of Political Television Advertisements is a unique investigation into the extremely important medium of campaign advertising. The book analyzes presidential primary and general ads through...


Underserved Women of Color, Voice, and Resistance: Claiming a Seat at the Table

by Keisha Edwards Tassie, Sonja M. Brown Givens, Tangela Serls & Fatima Z. Chrifi Alaoui et al. Lexington Books (March 20, 2014)

This book argues that contemporary research on the lives and experiences of women of color tends to neglect the influence of women’s perceived access to voice on how they manage tensions related to race, class,...


Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy in Rhetorical Criticism

by Jim A. Kuypers, Raymie E. McKerrow, Dana L. Cloud & Celeste M. Condit et al. Lexington Books (February 07, 2014)

Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy in Rhetorical Criticism brings together fifteen rhetorical critics who address contemporary issues in criticism by answering three key questions: What is the purpose of rhetorical...


Television, Religion, and Supernatural: Hunting Monsters, Finding Gods

by Erika Engstrom & Joseph M. Valenzano Iii Lexington Books (February 19, 2014)

This book uses a theory-based inquiry of the nuanced religious messages in the TV series Supernatural, which presents religious themes through horror and fantasy to show a Christianity without Christ. It uncovers...


Chinese Investigative Journalists' Dreams: Autonomy, Agency, and Voice

by Zhi’an Zhang, Elin Sæther, Marina Svensson & Fei Shen et al. Lexington Books (December 11, 2013)

This edited volume provides comprehensive and in-depth case studies of Chinese investigative journalists’ dreams, work practices, and strategies. It is the first book that systematically addresses the roles,...


The Style and Rhetoric of Elizabeth Dole: Public Persona and Political Discourse

by Rachel B. Friedman & Ronald E. Lee Lexington Books (December 18, 2013)

Through an examination of Elizabeth Dole’s public discourse, this book explores the political style of a female politician who sought and exercised political power. The critical analysis reveals the strengths...


Computer Simulation, Rhetoric, and the Scientific Imagination: How Virtual Evidence Shapes Science in the Making and in the News

by Aimee Kendall Roundtree Lexington Books (December 11, 2013)

The book investigates the rhetorical nature of scientific computer simulations, and it discusses the implications of those rhetorical strategies for how we understand, use and evaluate simulated evidence in...


Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series

by David P. Pierson Lexington Books (November 21, 2013)

Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series, edited by David P. Pierson, examines the social contexts, cultural politics, and visual, aural, and narrative...


The Diversity Paradox: Seeking Community in an Intercultural Church

by cob Jacob Jenkins Lexington Books (November 22, 2013)

In response to America’s declining sense of community, Central Community Church has prioritized the organizational metaphor of “community.” Building upon forty-eight months of ethnographic fieldwork, this...


Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground

by Cory L. Armstrong, Julie L. Andsager, Dunja Antunovic & Kim Bissell et al. Lexington Books (October 29, 2013)

This book highlights the progress—or lack thereof—in media regarding portrayals of women, across genres and cultures within the twenty-first century.


The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-First-Century Bust Culture

by Daniel Mrozowski, Kirk Boyle, April Miller & Maryann Erigha et al. Lexington Books (October 16, 2013)

The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-first-Century Bust Culture examines pop artifacts not typically included in discussions of the financial meltdown; the collected essays treat our...


Coming to Terms: The Collected Works of Jane Blankenship

by Jane Blankenship, Janette Kenner Muir, Edward Murphy & Don Paul Abbott et al. Lexington Books (December 23, 2011)

Coming to Terms: The Collected Works of Jane Blankenship, is an edited collection from Jane Blankenship and Janette Kenner Muir which provides a deeper understanding of how an academic life is composed—how...


Political Women: Language and Leadership

by Kathleen Mollick, Michele Lockhart, Janet Johnson & Maria Daxenbichler et al. Lexington Books (September 23, 2013)

This collection examines the ways in which women have used political rhetoric and political discourse to provide leadership, or assert their right to leadership, at the national level.


Political Election Debates: Informing Voters about Policy and Character

by William L. Benoit Lexington Books (September 20, 2013)

Political Election Debates presents theory and research on political leaders debates. Election debates in the United States and around the world (e.g., Germany, Israel, UK, South Korea, Taiwan, France) are explored....


The Rhetoric of Intention in Human Affairs

by Gary C. Woodward Lexington Books (September 12, 2013)

Assumed intentions are embedded in virtually all forms of human discussion. The Rhetoric of Intention in Human Affairs draws on a vast range of resources to describe the social and psychological forces at work...


Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland: Applied Studies in Communication Theory

by Ricardo Muñoz, Courtney Vail Fletcher, Renee Guarriello Heath & Priya Kapoor et al. Lexington Books (August 29, 2013)

The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Occupy movement using various communication theory perspectives. It considers global and local contexts of the movement from its cultural and economic roots...


Advertising, Sex, and Post-Socialism: Women, Media, and Femininity in the Balkans

by Elza Ibroscheva Lexington Books (June 20, 2013)

The book traces the evolution of gender ideologies in the Balkans, through emancipating women’s roles during socialism and into the proliferation and normalization of hyper-sexualized images of women in advertising...


The Local Politics of Global English: Case Studies in Linguistic Globalization

by Selma K. Sonntag Lexington Books (October 28, 2003)

IThe Local Politics of Global English analyzes linguistic globalization in five countries that differ greatly in both their degree of global integration and their use of English. Concepts of hegemony and resistance,...


Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity

by Karrin Vasby Anderson & Kristina Horn Sheeler Lexington Books (August 23, 2005)

Governing Codes examines the political identity of four contemporary U.S. political figures_Democrats Ann Richards and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans Christine Todd Whitman and Elizabeth Dole_illustrating...


American Exceptionalism, the French Exception, and Digital Media Law

by Lyombe S. Eko Lexington Books (July 10, 2013)

This volume explores and explains sameness and difference between the United States and France in the matters of freedom of expression on the Internet, the management of the tensions that arise between freedom...


Social Media and Integrated Marketing Communication: A Rhetorical Approach

by Jeanne M. Persuit Lexington Books (July 17, 2013)

Social Media and Integrated Marketing Communication: A Rhetorical Approach looks at social media in the theory and practice of integrated marketing communication, with a theoretical grounding in rhetoric. Understanding...


Culture, Social Class, and Race in Public Relations: Perspectives and Applications

by Damion Waymer Lexington Books (September 27, 2012)

Culture, Race, and Class-Based Perspectives in Public Relations, edited by Damion Waymer, looks at “diversity in public relations” in a novel way. Several public relations books look at gender or transnational/global...


The Rhetorical Surface of Democracy: How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics

by Scott Welsh Lexington Books (October 18, 2012)

The Rhetorical Surface of Democracy: How Deliberative Ideals Undermine Democratic Politics, by Scott Welsh, disputes the idea that democracy has anything to do with public deliberation in pursuit of collective...


Writing against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom

by Randi Gray Kristensen & Ryan M. Claycomb Lexington Books (November 05, 2009)

Writing against the Curriculum responds to the popularity of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and similar programs in U.S. higher education. Essays by administrators, faculty, and librarians-teaching introductory...


Fear, Power, and Politics: The Recipe for War in Iraq after 9/11

by Mary Cardaras Lexington Books (May 16, 2013)

The book explores the dynamic and dysfunctional relationships between the executive and legislative branches of government and the news media after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Their collective behavior...


Television and the Self: Knowledge, Identity, and Media Representation

by Deborah A. Macey, Kathleen M. Ryan, Marcelina Piotrowski & Jennifer G. Hall et al. Lexington Books (April 05, 2013)

Media scholars attempt to assess how the media informs and shapes the way we view our lives. This book explores the multiple influences of television in a media landscape that is becoming increasingly fractured....


Queer Media Images: LGBT Perspectives

by Jane Campbell, Theresa Carilli, Adrianne Kunkel & Bruce E. Drushel et al. Lexington Books (April 26, 2013)

Through a study of media representations, this unique collection provides a snapshot into the issues surrounding LGBT identity during a time when the Defense of Marriage Act is called into question and explores...


Authorial Ethics: How Writers Abuse Their Calling

by Robert Hauptman Lexington Books (February 22, 2011)

Authorial Ethics is a study of the ways in which writers abrogate their implicit and explicit commitment to honesty and truth. It encompasses all disciplines and is both theoretical and applied.


Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation-State

by Jennifer Wingard Lexington Books (November 29, 2012)

Branded Bodies, Rhetoric, and the Neoliberal Nation-State, by Dr. Jennifer Wingard, explores how neoliberal economics has affected the rhetoric of the media and politics, and how in very direct, material ways...


Asian Popular Culture: New, Hybrid, and Alternate Media

by John A. Lent & Lorna Fitzsimmons Lexington Books (November 29, 2012)

Asian Popular Culture explores the evolution and intersection of popular forms (gaming, manga, anime, film, music, YouTube videos) and explicates these media's changing cultural meanings in historical and contemporary...


Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University

by Laurie Cella & Jessica Restaino Lexington Books (December 14, 2012)

Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University, edited by Jessica Restaino and Laurie Cella, explores short-lived university/community writing projects in...


Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts

by Tina M. Harris, Alberto Gonzalez, Kimberly Moffitt & Chin-Chung Chao et al. Lexington Books (December 15, 2012)

This book explores how parents make sense of, and respond to, differing cultural influences within their family. Chapters identify the communication strategies employed by the parents as they strive to create...


Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television: Captive Affects, Elastic Sufferings, Vicarious Objects

by Agustín Zarzosa Lexington Books (November 16, 2012)

Refiguring Melodrama in Film and Television: Captive Affects, Elastic Sufferings, Vicarious Objects, by Agustín Zarzosa, challenges the long-standing definition of melodrama as a cultural mode that anxiously...


Cyberculture and the Subaltern: Weavings of the Virtual and Real

by Radhika Gajjala Lexington Books (November 24, 2012)

Through interdisciplinary lenses enabled by cultural studies and feminist methodologies, this book, edited by Radhika Gajjala, looks at online microfinance, new technologies, virtual world marketing, and handloom...


What We Say, Who We Are: Leopold Senghor, Zora Neale Hurston, and the Philosophy of Language

by Parker English Lexington Books (October 26, 2009)

In What We Say, Who We Are, Parker English explores the commonality between Leopold Senghor's concept of "negritude" and Zora Neale Hurston's view of "Negro expression." For English, these two concepts emphasize...


African American Women's Rhetoric: The Search for Dignity, Personhood, and Honor

by Deborah F. Atwater Lexington Books (February 16, 2009)

African American Women's Rhetoric is a comprehensive study of the ways in which African American women in politics, education, business, and other social contexts have tried to persuade their audiences to value...


Language and the Ineffable: A Developmental Perspective and Its Applications

by Louis S. Berger Lexington Books (January 20, 2011)

The prevailing conception of language is often called 'the received view.' Though ubiquitous, Louis S. Berger demonstrates its flaws and the difficulties it raises for other disciplines, such as philosophy and...