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New Research in Communication

January 13, 2016

“The Emotional Side of Forgiveness: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of the Role of Anger and Compassion and Face Threat in Interpersonal Forgiveness and Reconciliation,” in Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, November 2015, by Qin Zhang, Stella Ting-Toomey, John Oetzel, and Jibiao Zhang

People in China and in the United States have different notions of privacy, family, and collectivism vs. individualism. The two cultures are indeed contrastive. While some of these differences may be pronounced, our motivations for forgiving those who hurt us may be similar. The research described in this article found more similarities than differences between the two cultures in this regard.

“The Spectacle of Disposability: Bumfights, Commodity Abjection, and the Politics of Homelessness,” in Critical Studies in Media Communication, October 2015, by Kyle S. Bunds, Joshua I. Newman and Michael D. Giardina

This article offers a critical analysis of the mediation and commercialization of “bum fighting” (videotaping two or more poverty-stricken individuals engaged in low-dollar blood sport). In recent years, productions of pugilism among the homeless have emerged in the United States as popular—and highly lucrative—features of the media-sport landscape. This paper looks into what we can learn from these 1) deeply corporeal mediations and 2) radically political public pedagogies.

 “Communicative Reconstruction of Resilience Labor: Identity/Identification in Disaster-Relief Workers,” in Journal of Applied Communication Research, November 2015, by Vinita Agarwal and Patrice Buzzanell

This article provides insight into how disaster-relief workers are able to remain involved and resilient in the face of the challenging circumstances they confront on a regular basis. The authors’ research reveals that disaster-relief workers overcome emotional and physical challenges by using three identification frames: familial, ideological, and destruction–renewal network ties. Understanding these can help non-profit managers maintain motivated workers and volunteers to stay motivated during disasters.