Meanings of War and Peace

Meanings of War and Peace

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In this volume, Francis A. Beer (joined by colleagues as co-authors of some chapters) examines the cognitive, behavioural and linguistic dimensions of war and peace. Language, he shows, is important because it mediates between thought and action. It expresses beliefs about war and peace and affects the perceptions of potential adversaries about one's own intentions. Beer examines how language transmits and creates meaning though interaction with specific audiences. His case studies include the Somalian intervention, Sarajevo and the Balkan conflict, and the Gulf War. Moving beyond the discrete words of war, the text takes a broader view of how political participants interact in war and peace through continuous streams of communication that reflect and construct worlds of meaning. The volume brings together insights and evidence from political science, cognitive psychology, linguistics, history and rhetorical studies, and applies them in a focused way to the problem of war and peace.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 150 x 236 x 18mm | 381.02g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 9 tables, bibliography, index
  • 1585441244
  • 9781585441242

About Francis A. Beer

Francis A. Beer is a professor of political science at the University of Colorado. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published six books and monographs, including Peace against War: The Ecology of International Violence and Post-Realism: The Rhetorical Turn in International Relations, co-edited with Robert Hariman.show more

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