NCA Bookshelf

Profiles of new and notable award-winning books written by Communication scholars

 

To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images

To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images

T. J. Thomson
Rowman and Littlefield International

This book examines the production and reception of news images. It seeks to answer questions about how those images are constructed, how people photographed by journalists are depicted, how the environment shapes those images, and much more. This book takes an in-depth approach to these topics by drawing from the insights of social media users, journalists, photo editors, and people who were documented by journalists.

This book is the winner of the NCA Visual Communication Division’s 2020 Diane Hope Book of the Year Award.

T.J. Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics

Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics

Emma Frances Bloomfield
Routledge

This book examines the intersection of climate skepticism and Christianity and proposes strategies to engage climate skeptics when discussing climate change. Bloomfield identifies three main types of climate skeptics, “separators,” “bargainers,” and “harmonizers,” and considers how to tailor communication strategies to different kinds of skeptics when discussing climate change.  

This book is the winner of the NCA Argumentation and Forensics Division’s 2020 Book of the Year Award.

Emma Frances Bloomfield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Global Public Relations Handbook, Third Edition

The Global Public Relations Handbook, Third Edition

Edited by Krishnamurthy Sriramesh and Dejan Verčič
Routledge

This edited volume explores the global public relations industry, with perspectives from both academics and practitioners. The essays address a variety of issues, actors, and concepts that are important in today’s public relations landscape, including the relationship between public relations and international political systems, intergovernmental organizations, and risk and crisis communication.

This book is the winner of the NCA Public Relations Division’s 2020 PRIDE Award for Outstanding Book/Monograph.

Krishnamurthy Sriramesh is a Professor of Public Relations and the Director of the Professional Masters in Corporate Communication program in the College of Media, Communication, and Information at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dejan Verčič is a Professor, the Head of Department of Communication, and the Head of the Centre for Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Ljubljana, and Partner and Knowledge Director at the strategic communication company Stratkom d.o.o., Slovenia.

Politics for the Love of Fandom: Fan-Based Citizenship in a Digital World

Politics for the Love of Fandom: Fan-Based Citizenship in a Digital World

Ashley Hinck
Louisiana State University Press

Hinck examines “fan-based citizenship,” the mobilization of fan bases for political purposes, such as Harry Potter fans fighting for fair trade or football fans volunteering to serve as youth mentors. Traditionally, people have often engaged in civic activities through churches, political parties, or other organizations. Hinck argues that fan-based citizenship represents a shift in civic action and offers new opportunities for political engagement.

This book is the winner of the NCA Political Communication Division’s 2020 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award.

Ashley Hinck is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Xavier University.

Social Media for Strategic Communication: Creative Strategies and Research-Based Applications

Social Media for Strategic Communication: Creative Strategies and Research-Based Applications

Karen Freberg
SAGE Publications

Social Media for Strategic Communication covers the skills and principles necessary to effectively use social media in communication campaigns. Students will gain familiarity with both research and real-world strategies that they can take into the workplace. In addition, the text prepares students with the strategic thinking skills they will need to adapt to new platforms and technologies as they advance in their careers.  

This book is the winner of the NCA Public Relations Division’s 2020 PRIDE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Relations Education.

Karen Freberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Louisville.

Embodiment, Relation, Community: A Continental Philosophy of Communication

Embodiment, Relation, Community: A Continental Philosophy of Communication

Garnet C. Butchart
Penn State University Press

In this book, Butchart challenges common assumptions of Communication theory, including the model of Communication as a process of “transmission.” Butchart theorizes a “communication community” that includes the context of interactions. The book is relevant for researchers in cultural studies, rhetorical studies, and other interpretative fields.

This book is the winner of the NCA Philosophy of Communication Division’s 2020 Top Book Award.

Garnet C. Butchart is an Associate Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University.

Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact (2nd Edition)

Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact (2nd Edition)

Sarah J. Tracy
Wiley Blackwell

This textbook offers a comprehensive look at qualitative methodology. Readers can expect to learn how to conduct a qualitative research project from start to finish, including designing the study, collecting data, and communicating results. The book also covers a range of topics related to qualitative methods, including ethics, fieldwork, and interview techniques.  

This book is the winner of the NCA Organizational Communication Division’s 2020 Outstanding Textbook of the Year Award.

Sarah J. Tracy is a Professor of Organizational Communication and Qualitative Methodology in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.

Feeding the Other: Whiteness, Privilege, and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries

Feeding the Other: Whiteness, Privilege, and Neoliberal Stigma in Food Pantries

Rebecca de Souza
MIT Press

In this book, de Souza examines how food pantries in the United States stigmatize their clients through discourse that, among other things, emphasizes the need for help as an individual problem, rather than a societal problem. De Souza undertakes a case study of two food pantries in Duluth, Minnesota, and looks at the problems that people living with hunger face when navigating food pantries.

This book is the winner of the NCA Organizational Communication Division’s 2020 Outstanding Monograph of the Year Award.

Rebecca de Souza is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Minnesota Duluth. 

New Media in Times of Crisis

New Media in Times of Crisis

Edited by Keri K. Stephens
Routledge

In this edited volume, the contributors take an interdisciplinary approach to examining how new media is used during crises, with chapters on corporate PR crises, wireless emergency alerts, the relationship between social media and community resilience after a crisis, and more. The multi-faceted approach incorporates the perspectives of first responders, crisis communicators, and people experiencing tragic events. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Organizational Communication Division’s 2020 Outstanding Edited Book of the Year Award.

Keri K. Stephens is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Affectionate Communication in Close Relationships

Affectionate Communication in Close Relationships

Kory Floyd
Cambridge University Press

In this book, Floyd examines research on affection exchange from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The chapters cover numerous aspects of affection including the health benefits of affectionate behavior and the risks associated with expressing affection. In addition, the text offers a critique of principal theories and measurement models, as well as suggestions for future research.

This book is the winner of the NCA Interpersonal Communication Division’s 2020 Gerald R. Miller Book Award. 

Kory Floyd is a Professor in the University of Arizona Department of Communication. 

Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels

Sex and Stigma: Stories of Everyday Life in Nevada’s Legal Brothels

Sarah Jane Blithe, Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, and Breanna Mohr
NYU Press

Nevada has the only legal brothels in the United States. This book relies on interviews with the state’s sex workers, brothel owners, local police, and others to examine how beliefs about sexual services have influenced the history and laws related to legal brothels. In addition, the book looks at the experiences of sex workers themselves and their struggles within the industry and transitioning out of the industry. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Organizational Communication Division’s 2020 Outstanding Monograph of the Year Award.

Sarah Jane Blithe is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Anna Wiederhold Wolfe is an Associate Professor of Organizational Communication and the Associate Head for Graduate Admissions in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University.

Breanna Mohr holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Interrogating the Communicative Power of Whiteness

Interrogating the Communicative Power of Whiteness

Edited by Dawn Marie D. McIntosh, Dreama G. Moon, and Thomas K. Nakayama
Routledge

This edited volume includes contributions on the study of whiteness from a variety of academic specialties within Communication, including rhetorical analysis, qualitative research, performance studies, and interpretive research. The contributors engage with a variety of timely topics related to whiteness, including white fragility and the multifaceted identities that intersect with whiteness.

This book is the winner of the NCA International and Intercultural Communication Division’s 2020 Outstanding Co-Edited Book Award.

Dawn Marie D. McIntosh is an independent scholar located in Colorado.

Dreama G. Moon is a Professor in the Department of Communication at California State University, San Marcos. 

Thomas K. Nakayama is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University.

Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement

Undocumented Storytellers: Narrating the Immigrant Rights Movement

Sarah C. Bishop
Oxford University Press

This book examines the experiences of undocumented immigrants in the United States and how immigrants tell their stories online. Through 40 in-depth interviews with immigrants from 18 different countries, as well as an examination of events, protests, and immigrant-produced media, the book offers insight into the possibilities and limitations of digital storytelling, as well as the role that story-sharing plays in advocacy. 

This book is the winner of the NCA International and Intercultural Communication Division’s 2020 Outstanding Single-Authored Book.

Sarah C. Bishop is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Baruch College. 

Communicating Health

Communicating Health: A Culture-Centered Approach

Mohan J. Dutta
Polity Press

This book takes a culture-centered approach to health communication. It situates health communication within local contexts by exploring identities, meanings, and experiences of health among community members, as well as the structures that constitute health. The book also provides theoretical and practical suggestions for developing a culture-centered understanding of health communication processes. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Health Communication Division’s 2020 Top Book Award. 

Mohan J. Dutta is Dean’s Chair Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research & Evaluation (CARE) at Massey University.

Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress

Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress

Elizabeth W. Son
University of Michigan Press

“Comfort women” is a euphemistic term used by the Japanese military to refer to women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery during and prior to World War II. These harms went unaddressed for decades following the end of the war. This book uses archival and ethnographic research to examine the role that performance has played in protests and other calls for justice for the survivors. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Feminist and Gender Studies Division’s 2020 Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award. 

Elizabeth W. Son is an Associate Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama Program in the School of Communication at Northwestern University.

¡Sí, Ella Puede! The Rhetorical Legacy of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers

¡Sí, Ella Puede! The Rhetorical Legacy of Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers

Stacey Sowards
University of Texas Press

In this book, Sowards analyzes speeches, letters, and interviews written by Dolores Huerta, a leader in the farm workers’ movement whose contributions are often overshadowed by those of César Chávez and others. Sowards’ examination not only includes the creation of the United Farm Workers, but also an exploration of Huerta’s public persona as a mother.  

This book is the winner of the NCA Feminist and Gender Studies Division’s 2020 Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award and the NCA Latina/o Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus’s 2020 Outstanding Book Award.

Stacey Sowards is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Routledge Handbook of Communication and Bullying

The Routledge Handbook of Communication and Bullying

Edited by Richard West, Christina S. Beck
Routledge

This edited volume provides an analysis of bullying and anti-bullying efforts from a communication-based perspective. It includes both empirical research and first-hand accounts of those who have been bullied, making it a useful resource for educators, administrators, managers, and other stakeholders who are challenged by this difficult issue. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Applied Communication Division’s 2020 Distinguished Edited Book Award.

Richard West is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College in Boston.

Christina S. Beck is a Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University.

Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography: Embodied Theorizing from the Margins

Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography: Embodied Theorizing from the Margins

Edited by Amber L. Johnson and Lore/tta LeMaster
Routledge, Taylor & Francis

This edited volume includes a variety of autoethnographic essays that delve into the complexities of gender as it intersects with other identities, such as race, ability, and socioeconomic status. Chapters offer insight into the lived experience of gender and challenge societal assumptions about what is considered to be real or normal, such as the gender binary. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Ethnography Division’s 2020 Best Book Award. 

Amber L. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Communication and Social Justice at Saint Louis University.

Lore/tta LeMaster is an Assistant Professor of Critical/Cultural Communication Studies and Performance in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. 

Stress and Coping in Families

Stress and Coping in Families

Katheryn C. Maguire
Polity Press

Drawing on interdisciplinary research, Maguire examines family interactions during such stressful situations as military family separation, breast cancer, and the transition to parenthood. The book highlights a unique Communication-based model that can offer insight for students, scholars, and practitioners on how families cope with stress.

This book is the winner of the NCA Family Communication Division’s 2020 Distinguished Book Award. 

Katheryn C. Maguire is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. 

Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity

Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity

Edited by Tema Milstein and José Castro-Sotomayor
Routledge, Taylor & Francis

This edited volume introduces the concept of ecocultural identity, which postulates, in part, that all identities have ecological dimensions. A cohort of interdisciplinary contributors examines the formation and nature of ecocultural identities, as well as the possibilities that this framework offers for addressing pressing environmental issues in today’s world. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Environmental Communication Division’s 2020 Tarla Rai Peterson Book Award.

Tema Milstein is an Associate Professor of Environment and Society at the University of New South Wales, Australia. 

José Castro-Sotomayor is an Assistant Professor of Communication at California State University Channel Islands. 
 

Culturally Speaking: The Rhetoric of Voice and Identity in a Mediated Culture

Culturally Speaking: The Rhetoric of Voice and Identity in a Mediated Culture

Amanda Nell Edgar
The Ohio State University Press

Perceptions of people’s voices are often tied to our understanding of race and gender. In Culturally Speaking, Amanda Nell Edgar analyzes prominent voices in American culture, such as Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, and George Lopez, to consider the connections between voice, identity, and discrimination based on voice.

This book is the winner of the NCA Critical and Cultural Studies Division’s 2020 Book of the Year.

Amanda Nell Edgar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis. 

CTE, Media, and the NFL: Framing a Public Health Crisis as a Football Epidemic

CTE, Media, and the NFL: Framing a Public Health Crisis as a Football Epidemic

Travis R. Bell, Janelle Applequist, and Christian Dotson-Pierson
Lexington Books

This book examines media coverage and films related to the crisis surrounding Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and the National Football League (NFL). Bell, Applequist, and Dotson-Pierson examine CTE as a public health crisis and consider how media coverage, particularly the use of controversial scientific studies, has failed to hold the NFL accountable. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Communication and Sport Division’s 2020 Outstanding Book Award.

Travis R. Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. 

Janelle Applequist is an Associate Professor in the Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications at the University of South Florida.

Christian Dotson-Pierson is an Instructor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina.

On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers

On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers

Alexandra C. Klarén
University of Pittsburgh Press

Fred Rogers was the host of the children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This book examines the ethics of care within Rogers’ program using archival materials from the show. The author argues that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood created opportunities for dialogue about a changing world.

This book is the winner of the NCA Communication Ethics Division’s 2020 Top Book Award.

Alexandra C. Klarén is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Women’s Narratives of Health Disruption and Illness: Within and Across Their Life Stories

Women’s Narratives of Health Disruption and Illness: Within and Across Their Life Stories

Edited by Peter M. Kellett and Jennifer M. Hawkins
Lexington Books

This edited volume brings together women’s narratives about health disruptions and illnesses. The book is organized into three sections that attempt to understand how illnesses impact women at different points in their lives: beginnings, middles, and endings and legacies. This book offers an opportunity to connect and learn from the personal experiences of women living with illnesses.

This book is the winner of the NCA Communication and Aging Division’s 2020 Outstanding Book Award. Peter M. Kellett is Professor of Communication Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Jennifer M. Hawkins is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Saint Cloud State University.

Korean Diaspora Across the World: Homeland in History, Memory, Imagination, Media, and Reality

Korean Diaspora Across the World: Homeland in History, Memory, Imagination, Media, and Reality

Co-edited by Eun-Jeong Han, Min Wha Han, and JongHwa Lee
Rowman and Littlefield

This edited volume analyzes the Korean diaspora. The book’s contributors explore a variety of related discourses, including personal narratives and media coverage. This multifaceted look at the diaspora sheds light on the experiences of Koreans around the world in countries as varied as Japan, Chile, and Kazakhstan.

This book is the winner of NCA’s 2020 Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

Eun-Jeong Han is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Salisbury University.

Min Wha Han is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Angelo State University.

JongHwa Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Angelo State University.

Homeland Maternity: U.S. Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime

Homeland Maternity: U.S. Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz
University of Illinois Press

Working from a reproductive justice framework that is necessarily attuned to race and class and myriad forms of consequential difference, Fixmer-Oraiz demonstrates how topics and practices of maternal “choice” are shaped by discourses of nationalism, racial difference, and poverty. Fixmer-Oraiz keeps the reader aware of how trans and gender non-binary people are implicated by or exiled from what is conceptually innovated as homeland maternity. Further, Homeland Maternity explains why all of the reasoned, rational, and evidenced-based arguments in the world are not enough; institutional, legal, and rhetorical constructions circumscribe women, pregnant people, those who parent, and mothers and, in so doing, define what evidence is admissible, which authorities are recognized, and what policies can be considered.

This book is the winner of NCA’s 2020 James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.

Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State

Terrorizing Gender: Transgender Visibility and the Surveillance Practices of the U.S. Security State

Mia Fischer
University of Nebraska Press

Terrorizing Gender is a timely and important exploration of increasing state-sanctioned violence and surveillance of trans people in the United States. This book mixes intersectionally anchored critical cultural and sexuality studies in Communication. In the book, Fischer explores this question: How does the exponential increase in trans visibility—perhaps notoriety— coexist with increased documented violence against trans communities? The author presents three case studies that invite readers to consider the limits of social citizenship for persons who might be visible in popular culture but remain invisible in political and public spheres. Terrorizing Gender exemplifies rigorous explication of the communication of identity and is necessary in this moment of rescinding federal protections for transgender students and workers. 

This book is the winner of NCA’s 2020 Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

Mia Fischer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at University of Colorado.

Watching: An Anthropological Study of Video Sharing on YouTube

Watching: An Anthropological Study of Video Sharing on YouTube

Patricia G. Lange 
University Press of Colorado

Lange’s work highlights the value of self-expression and freedom of expression on the world’s largest video hosting site, YouTube. In the book, Lange draws on interviews, content analysis, and participant-observation ethnography to poignantly uncover the journey of YouTubers as they negotiate their mediated sociality through the making and sharing of videos. Among other topics, this work addresses how a community of vloggers sought respite from the barriers and oversight of corporate media. The early users of the site harnessed the emancipatory potential of the digital sphere until the site was purchased itself and became yet another corporate entity, with the requisite regulations, monetization and subscription policies, along with content censorship, all of which serve as a threat to free speech on this social networking platform.

This book is the winner of NCA’s 2020 Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression.

Patricia G. Lange is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Critical Studies Program at the California College of the Arts.