NCA Bookshelf

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

 

The Routledge International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography

The Routledge International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography

Edited by Andrew Herrmann
Routledge

This edited volume focuses on research about organizations using personal narrative and autoethnographic approaches. The book includes contributions from across the globe, including the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and the Global South, as well as from a range of industries, such as the military, health care, and academia. The book’s contributors come from a diverse range of academic disciplines, including Communication, business, and theatre and performance. Chapters address a range of issues including bullying in the workplace, research on veterans, entrepreneurship, fandom and fan identities, and the process of writing and evaluating organizational autoethnography. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Ethnography Division’s 2021 Best Book Award. 

Andrew F. Herrmann is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at East Tennessee State University.

 

Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk

Bitches Unleashed: Performance and Embodied Politics in Favela Funk

Raquel Moreira
Peter Lang

In Bitches Unleashed, Moreira examines the practices of women and transfeminine people of color artists who perform Brazilian favela funk, known as funkeiras, and embodied politics, or the use of one’s body to perform acts of resistance to social structures. The book challenges past approaches to embodied politics that have focused on the perspectives and experiences of white women in the West. In so doing, Moreira also identifies the shortcomings of white feminist approaches when applied to women and people of color across the globe and how such approaches have hindered understanding of their performances. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Feminist and Gender Studies Division’s 2021 Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award.  

Raquel Moreira is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Southwestern University.

The Color of Creatorship: Intellectual Property, Race, and the Making of Americans

The Color of Creatorship: Intellectual Property, Race, and the Making of Americans

Anjali Vats
Stanford University Press

The Color of Creatorship examines the history of American intellectual property law since 1790. Vats looks at how discourses about intellectual property laws have structured American ideals related to race, citizenship, and property. In particular, Vats presents a theory of critical race intellectual property and considers how national discourses centered the white male inventor as a key contributor to the nation’s moral and economic development. Vats argues that understanding the underlying racial structures of intellectual property law is crucial for anti-racist activism. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Critical and Cultural Studies Division’s 2021 Book of the Year Award. 

Anjali Vats is an Associate Professor of Law, with a secondary appointment in Communication, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

 

Seeking Communion as Healing Dialogue: Gabriel Marcel’s Philosophy Today

Seeking Communion as Healing Dialogue: Gabriel Marcel’s Philosophy Today

Margaret M. Mullan
Lexington Books

Seeking Communion as Healing Dialogue: Gabriel Marcel’s Philosophy for Today examines struggles related to interpersonal communication in contemporary society. Using the work of philosopher Gabriel Marcel, Mullan explores the meaning of the body, of being with others, and of being in today’s world and addresses questions related to our inability to dialogue with one another, why people may feel disconnected despite communication technology, and more. This book may be of interest to Communication scholars interested in philosophy, media studies, and related areas. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Communication Ethics Division’s 2021 Single Authored Book of the Year Award. 

Margaret M. Mullan is an Assistant Professor of Communication at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Athletic Coaching: A Communication Perspective

Athletic Coaching: A Communication Perspective

Gregory M. Cranmer
Peter Lang

A communicative approach to coaching recognizes that the skills, lessons, values, and experiences that athletes gain are determined by how coaches interact with athletes and structure their sporting environments. In Athletic Coaching: A Communication Perspective, Cranmer conceptualizes coaching as a communicative endeavor, provides a framework from which to understand coaching effectiveness, and explains four common perspectives (instructional, organizational, group, and interpersonal) used by Communication scholars to examine coaching. Athletic Coaching could be helpful for scholars seeking to understand coaching literature and the communication approach to coaching, as well as for coaches who want to reflect on their coaching practices. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Communication and Sport Division’s 2021 Outstanding Book Award.

Gregory A. Cranmer is an Associate Professor of Sport Communication at Clemson University and a fellow of the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute. 

Creating Understanding: How Communicating Aligns Minds

Creating Understanding: How Communicating Aligns Minds

Jessica Gasiorek and R. Kelly Aune
Peter Lang

This book draws on interdisciplinary research to address what understanding is and how people create, maintain, and manipulate states of understanding via communication. Gasiorek and Aune present a novel perspective that depicts communication as a process in which people construct, test, and refine mental modes of a joint experience based on the mental representations activated by stimuli in social interactions. They explain how this process, when successful, results in creating a state of understanding. This book offers Communication scholars and students a theoretical framework that will transform the way they see understanding, communication, and social connection.

This book is the winner of the NCA Communication and Social Cognition Division’s 2021 Distinguished Book Award.

Jessica Gasiorek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.

R. Kelly Aune is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.

Asian Women Leadership: A Cross-National and Cross-Sector Comparison

Asian Women Leadership: A Cross-National and Cross-Sector Comparison

Edited by Chin-Chung Chao and Louisa Ha
Routledge 

Asian Women Leadership is an edited volume that offers an in-depth examination of the practices and experiences of Asian women leaders across sectors in Asian and Western countries. Chapters within this interdisciplinary volume consider Asian women leadership in academia, in politics, in the news media, in businesses, and in non-profits. The chapters use both quantitative and qualitative approaches to consider leadership style, challenges that leaders face, management strategies, and more. This book could be useful as a reference for aspiring leaders or for classes on leadership and organizational communication.

This book is the winner of the NCA Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus’s 2021 Outstanding Book Award.

Chin-Chung Chao is Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Louisa Ha is Professor in the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University.

Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy

Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy

Meggie Mapes
University of Kansas Libraries

This open access textbook presents a contemporary, interdisciplinary look at public speaking that fuses rhetoric, critical/cultural studies, and performance to offer an up-to-date resource for students. The book first introduces students to public speaking and invites them to consider it as a form of advocacy. Students then tackle how to center audiences, how to develop arguments, and how to hone their delivery and presentation skills. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Basic Course Division’s 2021 Textbook of Distinction Award.

Meggie Mapes is Introductory Course Director in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas.

Transforming Conflict and Building Peace: Community Engagement Strategies for Communication Scholarship and Practice

Transforming Conflict and Building Peace: Community Engagement Strategies for Communication Scholarship and Practice

Edited by Peter M. Kellett, Stacey L. Connaughton, and George Cheney 
Peter Lang 

This inaugural volume in the Peter Lang Conflict and Peace series offers timely examples of how to apply Communication principles and theories to conflict in the United States and around the world. The book is divided into five parts that address designing and implementing engaged scholarship; offer examples of local and culturally grounded engagement; demonstrate preventative, restorative, and systemic engagement; present reflections from volunteer and citizen scholars; and address teaching and learning related to peace and conflict. The chapters provide concrete examples of engaged scholarship and on-the-ground work that has contributed to the development of Communication theories, as well as to conflict transformation and peace building.

This book is the winner of the NCA Applied Communication Division’s 2021 Distinguished Edited Book Award.

Peter M. Kellett is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. 

Stacey L. Connaughton is a Professor in the Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University.

George Cheney is a Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Uprising: How Women Used the US West to Win the Right to Vote

Uprising: How Women Used the US West to Win the Right to Vote

Tiffany Lewis
Michigan State University Press

Women in the United States first won the right to vote in Wyoming in 1869, decades before the 19th amendment granting white women the right to vote passed. In Uprising, Lewis explores how the Western states influenced the national suffrage movement and how the West was invoked when people advocated for women’s right to vote. Lewis analyzes public discourse, images, and performances of suffragists and their opponents to show that the West played a pivotal role in the successful campaign for white women’s enfranchisement that culminated in 1920.  

This book is the winner of the NCA Argumentation and Forensics Division’s 2021 Book of the Year Award.

Tiffany Lewis is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York.

No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner

Andre E. Johnson
University Press of Mississippi

In No Future in this Country, Johnson chronicles the career of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner (1834–1915), focusing on the period from 1896 to 1915. Johnson examines Turner’s rhetorical leadership in the aftermath of Reconstruction and argues that Turner adopted the persona of a pessimistic prophet because he lacked faith that American institutions and people would live up to the promises of the country’s founding documents. Johnson also examines Turner’s argument that emigration from the United States would be beneficial for African Americans and Turner’s belief that such emigration was impossible.

This book is the winner of the NCA African American Communication and Culture Division & Black Caucus’ 2021 Top Book Award.

Andre E. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies and the Scholar in Residence at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.

Mobile Technology and the Transformation of Public Alert and Warning

Mobile Technology and the Transformation of Public Alert and Warning

Hamilton Bean
Praeger Security International

This book examines how mobile smartphone systems are transforming the practice of public alert and warning. Bean looks at recent examples of the hazards of these systems, including false alarms and lack of use during emergencies. Bean interviews public officials, corporate executives, experts, and citizens about the systems and provides an in-depth analysis of how the public alert system currently functions and how it could be improved. Bean also offers three cases that demonstrate the relevance of research about public alert systems. 

This book is the winner of the NCA Applied Communication Division’s 2021 Sue DeWine Distinguished Scholarly Book Award.

Hamilton Bean is Associate Professor, Director of the International Studies Program, and Director of Strategic Communication at the University of Colorado Denver.

The Right to Parody:  Comparative Analysis of Copyright and Free Speech

The Right to Parody:  Comparative Analysis of Copyright and Free Speech

Amy Lai
Cambridge University Press

In The Right to Parody: Comparative Analysis of Copyright and Free Speech, Amy Lai presents a legal definition of parody that balances the interests of copyright holders with the public’s right to free expression. Lai’s work combines philosophical inquiry with legal analysis and draws upon examples from five different legal jurisdictions (the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Hong Kong). Lai examines the philosophy of natural rights, analyzes copyright laws, uses illustrative and contemporary examples, and suggests ways for each country to move toward broader protections for parody.

This book is the winner of NCA’s 2021 Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression.

Amy Lai is a legal scholar and writer based at Freie Universität in Berlin.

Intellectual Populism: Democracy, Inquiry, and the People

Intellectual Populism: Democracy, Inquiry, and the People

Paul Stob
Michigan State University Press

Intellectual Populism: Democracy, Inquiry, and the People responds to denunciations of populism as undemocratic and anti-intellectual by arguing that populism has contributed to a distinct and democratic intellectual tradition in which ordinary people assume leading roles in the pursuit of knowledge. Stob’s analysis focuses on the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era when populism emerged in the United States. Stob’s five case studies examine how leaders used populist rhetoric to rally ordinary Americans and channel their energies toward productive, democratic, and intellectual ends. 

This book is a winner of NCA’s 2021 James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

Paul Stob is a Professor of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Deportable and Disposable: Public Rhetoric and the Making of the “Illegal” Immigrant

Deportable and Disposable: Public Rhetoric and the Making of the “Illegal” Immigrant

Lisa A. Flores
Pennsylvania State University Press

In Deportable and Disposable: Public Rhetoric and the Making of the “Illegal” Immigrant, Flores examines four stereotypes that frame Mexican immigrants as criminal, deportable, and disposable. Flores considers how these tropes have functioned historically since the 1920s, and examines moments of rhetorical crisis around Mexican immigration in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Flores also considers how these characterizations persist today. Flores’ examination of the language used to stereotype Mexican immigrants offers insight into racialized language and rhetorical racialization.

This book is the winner of two of NCA’s national 2021 awards—the Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

This book is also the winner of three of NCA’s 2021 division awards: the Critical and Cultural Studies Division’s Book of the Year Award, Latina/o Communication Studies Division’s Book of the Year Award, and the Public Address Division’s Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship in Public Address.

Lisa A. Flores is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the College of Media, Communication and Information.

#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice

#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice 

Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles
MIT Press

#HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice provides insight into how contemporary social movements use Twitter. The book examines popular hashtags, such as #MeToo, #SayHerName, and #GirlsLikeUs. The analysis uses hashtags as data and considers how historically marginalized groups have used Twitter as a platform for activism. This book could be useful in courses related to technological communication, journalism, social media, performance studies, interpersonal communication, and more.   

This book is a winner of NCA’s 2021 Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

Sarah J. Jackson is a Presidential Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the Media, Inequality & Change Center, a collaboration between Annenberg and Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information.

Moya Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.

Brooke Foucault Welles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University.

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.