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Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management

Edited by: Sergei A. Samoilenko , Martijn Icks , Jennifer Keohane , Eric Shiraev

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138556584
eBook ISBN: 9781315150178
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315150178
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Book description

In modern politics as well as in historical times, character attacks abound. Words and images, like symbolic and psychological weapons, have sullied or destroyed numerous reputations. People mobilize significant material and psychological resources to defend themselves against such attacks. How does character assassination "work," and when does it not? Why do many targets fall so easily when they are under character attack? How can one prevent attacks and defend against them?

The Routledge Handbook of Character Assassination and Reputation Management offers the first comprehensive examination of character assassination. Moving beyond studying corporate reputation management and how public figures enact and maintain their reputation, this lively volume offers a framework and cases 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 theoretical introduction and extensive description of the "five pillars" of character assassination: (1) the attacker, (2) the target, (3) the media, (4) the public, and (5) the context. The remaining chapters present engaging case studies suitable for class discussion. These include:

  • Roman emperors;
  • Reformation propaganda;
  • the Founding Fathers;
  • defamation in US politics;
  • women politicians;
  • autocratic regimes;
  • European leaders;
  • celebrities;
  • nations;
  • Internet campaigns.

This handbook will prove invaluable to undergraduate and postgraduate students in communication, political science, history, sociology, and psychology departments. It will also help researchers become independent, critical, and informed thinkers capable of avoiding the pressure and manipulations of the media.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Character Assassination Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Inoculation Theory Against/As Character Assassination Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Traumatic Psychological Impact of Character Attacks on Targets Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Character Assassination as a Structurational Phenomenon Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Character Assassination Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Character Attacks on Dutch Revolutionary Adam Gerard Mappa (1754–1828) Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Character Assassination in the Soviet Union and Russia Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Character Assassination of Activists in Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Character Assassination and the Contemporary Anti-corruption Campaign in the Chinese Military Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Character Attacks by Dutch Populist Radical Right Leader Geert Wilders Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Ad Hominem Attacks in Greek Politics Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Role of Propaganda in the Character Assassination of World Leaders in International Affairs Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Agrippina, Theodora and Fredegund as Evil Empresses in the Historiographic Tradition  Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Character Assassination of Marie-Antoinette Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Argumentum ad Carricare as a Mode of Character Attack Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Corporate Character Assassination and Crisis Communication Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Country Reputation Assassination during the Greek Memorandum Re-Negotiations Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Fight for Public Opinion and Memoria in the Early Roman Principate Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Rhetorical and Ethical Implications of Character Assassination in the Age of McCarthy Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Character Assassination and the Nixon White House Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Character Assassination and Persuasive Attack on CBS’s Face the Nation  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Reductio ad Hitlerum as a New Frame for Political and Geopolitical Conflicts Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Show Trials in Communist Countries Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Character Assassination in Reformation Propaganda Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Late-Night TV Humor and the Culture of Ridicule Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Character Assassins and Moral Entrepreneurs Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Psychological Traits of Character Assassins Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Character Assassination as Scapegoating Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Character Assassination by Memes Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Conclusions and Future Research Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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