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The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda

The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda

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November 2019 | 652 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda tells a radical new story about propaganda, fake news and information warfare and their toxic impact on the communications revolution of the past twenty years. It explains how propaganda invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts.

As a beguiling tool of political persuasion in times of war, peace, and uncertainty, propaganda incites people to take, often violent, action, consciously or unconsciously. This pervasive influence is particularly prevalent in world politics and international relations today. In this interdisciplinary Handbook, the editors have gathered together a group of world-class scholars from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, to discuss leadership propaganda, war propaganda, propaganda for peace marketing, propaganda as a psychological tool, terror-enhanced propaganda, and the contemporary topics of internet-mediated propaganda.

This is the first book of its kind, shedding a harsh new light on many current forms and processes ranging from Islamist and Far Right, troll farms and fake news institutes, to the more salient everyday manipulative practices of corporations and brands as well as political parties. In its four parts, the Handbook offers researchers and academics of propaganda studies, peace and conflict studies, media and communication studies, political science and governance marketing, as well as intelligence and law enforcement communities, a comprehensive overview of the tools and context of the development and evolution of propaganda from the twentieth century to the present:

Part One: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research
Part Two: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research
Part Three: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research
Part Four: Propaganda in Context
Paul Baines, Nicholas O'Shaughnessy, & Nancy Snow
Part 01: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research
Neville Bolt
Chapter 1: Propaganda of the Deed and its Anarchist Origins
Emily Robertson
Chapter 2: Atrocity Propaganda in Australia and Great Britain during the First World War
Thomas Colley
Chapter 3: Strategic Narratives and War Propaganda
Nicholas J. O'Shaughnessy
Chapter 4: From Disinformation to Fake News: Forwards into the Past
Ignas Kalpokas
Chapter 5: Post-Truth and the Changing Information Environment
Alicia Wanless & Michael Berk
Chapter 6: The Audience is the Amplifier: Participatory Propaganda
Aaron Delwiche
Chapter 7: Computational Propaganda and the Rise of the Fake Audience
Hyunjin Seo
Chapter 8: Visual Propaganda and Social Media
Jordi Xifra
Chapter 9: Public Relations and Corporate Propaganda
Part 02: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research
Chris Miles
Chapter 10: Rhetorical Methods and Metaphor in Viral Propaganda
Darren Lilleker & Pawel Surowiec
Chapter 11: Content Analysis and the Examination of Digital Propaganda on Social Media
Sergei A. Samoilenko & Margarita Karnysheva
Chapter 12: Character Assassination as Modus Operandi of Soviet Propaganda
Efe Sevin, Kadir Jun Ayhan, Won Yong Jang, & Hyelim Lee
Chapter 13: Assessing Propaganda Effectiveness in North Korea: A Limited Access Case Study
Paul Baines & Nicholas O'Shaughnessy
Chapter 14: Towards the Measurement of Islamist Propaganda Effectiveness: A Marketing Perspective
Part 03: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research
Gill Bennett
Chapter 15: Propaganda and Disinformation: How an historical Perspective Aids Critical Response Development
Ewan Lawson
Chapter 16: Atrocities, Investigations and Propaganda - Lessons from World War I
Ron Schleifer
Chapter 17: Countering Hamas and Hezbollah Propaganda
Christopher Paul & Miriam Matthews
Chapter 18: Defending Against Russian Propaganda
Maria Haigh & Thomas Haigh
Chapter 19: Fighting and Framing Fake News
Alberto M. Fernandez
Chapter 20: Measuring the Unmeasurable: Evaluating the Effectiveness of US Strategic Counterterrorism Communications
Paul Baines & Nigel Jones
Chapter 21: Countering the Fear in Propaganda
Dianne Dean & Haseeb Shabbir
Chapter 22: Peace Marketing as Counter Propaganda? Towards a Methodology
Part 04: Propaganda in Context
Alan Chong
Chapter 23: Propaganda and Information Operations in Southeast Asia: Constructing Colonialism and its Antithesis, Statehood and Peaceful Ambiguity
Chung-Min Tsai
Chapter 24: The Construction of the Chinese Dream
Nancy Snow
Chapter 25: Darkness and Light: Media, Propaganda, and Politics in Japan
Greg Simons
Chapter 26: Syria: Propaganda as a Tool in the Arsenal of Information Warfare
Zinovia Lialiouti
Chapter 27: Cold War Propaganda in Civil War Greece, 1946-1949: From State of Emergency to Normalization
Daniel Aguirre & Caroline Avila
Chapter 28: Propaganda and Populist Communication in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela
Tina Burrett
Chapter 29: Evaluating Putin's Propaganda Performance 2000-2018: Stagecraft as Statecraft
Mira Sotirovic
Chapter 30: Trumpaganda: The War on Facts, Press and Democracy
Emma L. Briant
Chapter 31: LeaveEU: Dark Money, Dark Ads and Data Crimes
Louisa Tarras-Wahlberg
Chapter 32: ISIS Female Recruits: The Alluring Propaganda Promises
Charlie Winter & Craig Whiteside
Chapter 33: IS's Strategic Communication Tactics
Gabriel Weimann
Chapter 34: The Evolution of Terrorist Propaganda in Cyberspace

The digital revolution has caused both an explosion and transformation of political messaging.  As we reach ‘peak propaganda’ so our ability to find meaning in society diminishes.  This book is a much needed contribution to understanding what it all does actually mean.

Miles Young
The Warden, New College, Oxford & Former Chairman & CEO, Ogilvy & Mather

In the age of fake news, post-truth, rumours and spin, never has there been a more apposite time for a detailed examination of the subject of propaganda.  Expertly edited, the SAGE Handbook of Propaganda brings together a host of world authorities who deliver a stunning collection of deep insights into all aspects of political communication development and practice.  The perfect publication for the domain scholar and interested observer alike.  

Raphael Pascual
Influence Research Lead, QinetiQ

This is a timely tome, given that ‘fake news’ is all the rage - or not, as the case may be - in the White House. It is global in its reach and comprehensive in its research  into fake news, propaganda, invention, conspiracy theory, ‘presentation’, imagination and heroic deduction. As an ex-Government press secretary for nearly 25 years, I hope its message will be heeded: communicators have only one stock-in-trade - credibility. Winston Churchill showed the way with "blood, toil, tears and sweat". His reality inspired a nation.

Sir Bernard Ingham
Former Chief Press Secretary to UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Propaganda – the ‘weaponisation of advocacy’ as this book describes it - is an ever-evolving contemporary phenomenon which demands unceasing analysis.  This book draws a line from the atrocities of the First World war to the divisive digital campaigning of nationalism and identity politics; the book allows the reader to connect some of the dots between disparate events from the perspective of cognition, persuasion and action, describing, if not defining, the way in which propaganda continues to influence audience behaviours. It might not tell the reader exactly what propaganda is, but they will be more likely to know it when they see it.

Ben Heap
Senior Expert, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence

Propaganda constantly evolves and never quite looks the same. It´s so important to recognise all shades of propaganda and persuasion. We thought the world would be propaganda-free in the internet era but it´s actually on the rise. This novel text highlights this and brings this critical topic back on the table - and in such a comprehensive fashion - because it´s so much needed right now. 

Denisa Hejlova
Head of Department, Marketing Communication and Public Relations, Charles University

The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda is an absolute must-read for scholars and students wishing to expand their professional expertise in the area of international political communication.

Elena Sidorova
CERI-Sciences Po, Paris

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