Communication and Conflict in Multiple Settings


Editors: Peter Bray and Marta Rzepecka
Communication decisively impacts upon all our lives. This inherent need to connect may either be soothing or painful, a source of intimate understanding or violent discord. Consequently, how it is brokered is challenging and often crucial in situations where those involved have quite different ways of being in and seeing the world. Good communication is equated with skills that intentionally facilitate change, the realisation of desirable outcomes and the improvement of human situations. Withdrawal of communication, or its intentional manipulation, provokes misunderstanding, mistrust, and precipitates the decline into disorder. This international collection of work specifically interrogates conflict as an essential outworking of communication, and suggests that understanding of communication’s potency in contexts of conflict can directly influence reciprocally positive outcomes.

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Peter Bray, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Counselling at the University of Auckland. Peter has recently edited a number interdisciplinary volumes which reflect his developing interest in spirituality, heroic identity and the transformational aspects of loss and trauma.

Marta Rzepecka, PhD, is a Lecturer at the University of Rzeszów. Her main research interest has been the American presidency, especially 20th century presidents’ foreign policy. She is an author of publications on presidential rhetoric, anti-Communism, and anti-terrorism.
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Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Communication and Conflict
Peter Bray and Marta Rzepecka

Part 1 : Education

1 The Weak Aspects of Conflict Management Skills of Youth: Considering Weak Features
Gražina Čiuladienė

2 Motivating Compliance after Conflict in a Group Setting
Anthony M. Ocaña and Aileen L.S. Buslig

Part 2 : Identity

3 Identity Constructs between Terrorism and Dehumanization in Yasmina Khadra’s The Sirens of Baghdad
Azzeddine Bouhassoun

4 ‘We All Act Better than We Know How’: A Dramaturgical Treatment of Beginning Counsellors’ Performances of Self
Peter Bray

5 Relevant Associations in Understanding Meaning and Identity in Dehumanisation through Non-Human Codes in the Testimonies of Holocaust Survivors
Aniuska M. Luna

Part 3 : Media

6 Perpetuating the Oldest Profession: Discourses of Conformity in the Israeli Press
Anat Klin

7 ‘Let Me Dream with the Betting Sheet in My Hand’: Gambling Advertising Narratives and the Destigmatisation of Gamblers
Marco Pedroni

Part 4 : War

8 Tweeting Generals: Making the Case for Increased Public-Military Engagement through Social Media
Rupinder Mangat

9 Analyzing George W. Bush’s War Discourse
Marta Rzepecka