Clashing Wor(l)ds: From International to Intrapersonal Conflict

This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2016.

What drives young men to terroristic extremes? How can coverage of the sex industry impede criminalization efforts? Why can’t college students just get along? Presenting an array of perspectives, applications, and approaches toward conflict analysis, this ebook tackles challenging topics we face not only globally, but also in our most personal interactions. Beginning with the language that launched the Iraq war, we examine how nations and cultures clash across borders. Within borders, we explore the impact of language on identity, alienation, and nation-sanctioned vice. Finally, we get personal as we examine how students and young professionals struggle with power and identity in their efforts to effectively express who they are and how they relate to others. Clashing Wor(l)ds reveals the inescapable connection between communication and conflict, where only greater understanding can offer hope for better relations.

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Anthony M. Ocaña (Ph.D., North Dakota State University, 2008) is an Assistant Professor of communication studies and leadership in the School of Communication and Journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His conflict research has examined conflict messages in Enron’s email corpus, message design logics among student groups, presentations of conflict in sitcoms, and the relational impact of roommate conflict styles. In addition to teaching communication courses, he advises students in the MSUM Dragon Leadership Program and KMSC Dragon Radio.
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