NCA Bookshelf

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

 

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 Benny 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.

Benny 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.

Freedom of Expression: Foundational Documents and Historical Arguments

Freedom of Expression: Foundational Documents and Historical Arguments

Stephen A. Smith
Oxbridge Research Associates

This anthology includes 188 primary sources on freedom of speech and freedom of the press from the Code of Hammurabi in 1754 B.C.E. to Louis Brandeis writing in 1927. Smith provides an overview of the history of both freedoms and introductions to each selection that provide historical context, background information, and a description of the selection’s importance. Freedom of Expression is a valuable reference collection for exploring and discussing freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

This book is the winner of the 2019 Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression.

Smith is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas.

Killing Poetry: Blackness and Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities

Killing Poetry: Blackness and Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities

Javon Johnson
Rutgers University Press

In Killing Poetry, Johnson gives readers a glimpse into the world of slam poetry, which has sparked a resurgent fascination with the world of poetry. As a slam poet, Johnson approaches the subject from the vantage point of both a participant and a scholar. Johnson argues that the truly radical potential in slam and spoken word communities lies not just in proving literary worth, speaking back to power, or even in altering power structures, but instead in imagining and working towards altogether different social relationships. Killing Poetry situates poetry slams within the black literary tradition.

Killing Poetry analyzes the masculine posturing in the Southern California community in particular, sexual assault in the national community, and the ways in which related social media inadvertently replicate many of the same white supremacist, patriarchal, and mainstream logics so many spoken word poets seem to be working against. Johnson’s analysis demonstrates the ways in which the slam and spoken word poets continue to work toward radical spaces.

This book is the winner of the 2019 Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies.

Johnson is an Assistant Professor and Director of African American & African Diaspora studies and holds an appointment in Gender & Sexuality Studies in the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Homeless Advocacy and the Rhetorical Construction of the Civic Home

Homeless Advocacy and the Rhetorical Construction of the Civic Home

Melanie Loehwing
Penn State University Press

Homeless assistance has frequently adhered to the “three hots and a cot” model, which prioritizes immediate material needs. However, people experiencing homelessness often suffer from social and political exclusion, which is not always addressed by homeless assistance. Loehwing discusses the importance of homeless advocacy that moves beyond meeting physical needs, such as Food Not Bombs, the international competition of the Homeless World Cup, and the annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day campaign. These unconventional homeless advocacy programs counter the narratives around homelessness that characterize it as a state of abnormality. Loehwing argues that homeless advocacy that works to empower people is necessary to overcome the marginalization experienced by people experiencing homelessness. Loehwing’s interrogation of homeless advocacy rhetorics demonstrates how discursive practices shape democratic culture and how they may provide a potential civic remedy to the harms of disenfranchisement, discrimination, and displacement.

This book was honored with the 2019 Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

Loehwing is an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University.

Debating Women: Gender, Education, and Spaces for Argument, 1835-1945

Debating Women: Gender, Education, and Spaces for Argument, 1835-1945

Carly S. Woods
Michigan State University Press

In Debating Women, Woods begins by describing how women created spaces for debate when they were excluded from university debating clubs. Despite various obstacles, women transformed forests, parlors, dining rooms, ocean liners, classrooms, auditoriums, and prisons into vibrant spaces for ritual argument. From these nascent debate clubs to intercollegiate competitions, these debaters engaged with the issues of the day, often performing, questioning, and occasionally refining norms of gender, race, class, and nation. In tracing their involvement in an activity at the heart of civic culture, Woods demonstrates that debating women have much to teach us about the ongoing potential for debate to move arguments, ideas, and people to new spaces.

This book is the winner of the 2019 James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address.

Woods is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland.

Under the Cover of Chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right

Under the Cover of Chaos: Trump and the Battle for the American Right

Lawrence Grossberg
Pluto Press

Donald Trump has been treated as an outlier among conservative politicians by voters, the media, and politicians because of his behavior. While some have argued that Trump represents a chaotic break with conservative thought, Grossberg argues that Trump’s tactics are a continuation of the struggle between the new right and the reactionary right.

Although Trump’s tactics are part of a longer arc of conservatism in the United States, the reactionary right has been legitimized like never before in U.S. history. The legitimization of the reactionary right has altered contemporary political struggles and subjected those struggles to a changing national landscape of moods and feelings, marked by a growing absolutism of judgement and belief, and new forms of anxiety, alienation, and narcissism. Grossberg interrogates the intellectual arguments for the reactionary right and lays out a possible future: a cultural nationalism governed by a popular corporatocracy.

This book was honored with the 2019 Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

Lawrence Grossberg is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.