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CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT, theory and applications

Label
CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT, theory and applications
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
CHARACTER ASSASSINATION AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT
Medium
electronic resource
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Oclc number
12593205081258783851
Sub title
theory and applications
Summary
This lively book offers the first comprehensive examination of character assassination. In modern politics as well as in historical times, character attacks abound. Words and images, like psychological weapons, have sullied or destroyed numerous individual reputations. How does character assassination "work" and when or why does it not? Are character attacks getting worse in the age of social media? Why do many people fail when they are under character attack? How should they prevent attacks and defend against them? Moving beyond discussions about corporate reputation management and public relations canons, Character Assassination and Reputation Management is designed to help understand, critically analyze, and effectively defend against such attacks. Written by an international and interdisciplinary team of experts, the book begins with a discussion of theoretical and applied features of the "five pillars" of character assassination: (1) the attacker, (2) the target, (3) the media, (4) the audience, and (5) the context. The remaining chapters present engaging in-depth discussions and case studies suitable for homework and class discussion. These cases include: Historic figures Leaders from modern times Women in politics U.S. presidents World leaders Political autocrats Democratic leaders Scientists Celebrities Featuring an extensive glossary of key terms, critical thinking exercises, and summaries to encourage problem-based learning, Character Assassination and Reputation Management will prove invaluable to the undergraduate and postgraduate students in communication, political science, global affairs, history, sociology, and psychology departments
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Detailed Contents -- List of Images -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- Preface -- 1 Introduction -- Introducing Character Assassination -- On the Importance of the Subject -- Key Terms: Character and Character Attacks -- Character Assassination -- Terms Related to Character Assassination -- The Five Pillars of Character Assassination -- Studying Character Assassination -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 2 Character Assassination in History -- Character Assassination in Historical Perspective -- Three Lessons From History -- A Case of a Condemned Pharaoh -- A Case of Cicero's Speeches in Ancient Rome -- A Case of Luther Taking on the Pope -- A Case of Opponents Taking on a U.S. President -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 3 Approaches to and Methodology for Studying Character Assassination -- Methods to Study Character Assassination -- The Rhetoric and Communication Studies Perspective -- The Sociocultural Perspective -- The Political Psychology Perspective -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 4 The Actors in Character Attacks -- Introducing the Key Actors -- The Attacker -- The Target -- The Audience -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 5 Content and Types of Character Attacks -- Allegations -- Name-Calling -- Ridicule -- Fearmongering -- Exposing -- Disgracing -- Erasing -- Hierarchy of Attacks: Horizontal and Vertical -- Timing of Attacks: Live and Postmortem -- The Complexity of Character Attacks -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 6 Means and Venues of Character Attacks -- Reputational Risks in the Internet Age -- Agenda-Setting and Priming -- Framing and Labeling -- The Use and Misuse of FramingMemes as Character Attacks -- Strategies for Mediated Attacks -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 7 The Impact of Character Attacks -- Impact Domains -- On the Effectiveness of Character Attacks -- Mild, Moderate, and Severe Consequences -- When Character Attacks Backfire -- Character Attacks and Public Scandals -- Susceptibility to Character Attacks -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 8 Defending Against and Managing Character Attacks -- Reputation Management -- Reputational Crisis -- Stage One: Crisis Preparedness and Prevention -- Stage Two: Responding to a Crisis -- Stage Three: Post-Crisis Management -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 9 The Culture Factor -- On Culture -- Cultural Dichotomies -- Cultural Factors of Character Attacks -- Culture, Character Attacks, and Scandals -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 10 Character Assassination in Democracies -- On Democracy -- Democracy and Character -- Democracy and Character Assassination -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 11 Character Assassination in Authoritarian Regimes -- On Authoritarianism -- On Character in the Context of Authoritarianism -- Character Assassination and Authoritarianism -- Organized Direct Attacks -- Censorship and Silencing -- Scapegoating -- Show Trials -- Authoritarian Leaders as Targets -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 12 Character Assassination in International Relations -- On Character Attacks in International Relations -- Why Character Attacks Are Launched -- Building an Enemy Image -- Mobilizing Political Forces -- Attacks in the Name of Self-defense -- Defending Against Attacks -- Attacks Backfiring -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key TermsReferences -- 13 The Gender and Sexuality Factor -- Defining Terms -- Gender and Character Assassination -- Sexuality and Character Assassination -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- 14 Character Attacks in Sports, Science, and Entertainment -- Character Attacks in Entertainment and Politics: Similarities -- Character Attacks in Entertainment and Politics: Differences -- Character Assassination in Science -- Chapter Summary -- Critical Thinking -- Key Terms -- References -- Conclusion -- Index
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