ERIC Number: EJ721381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
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Whither Propaganda? Agonism and "The Engineering of Consent"
Kimble, James J.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v91 n2 p201-218 May 2005
The focus of this paper is domestic propaganda. The author presents comprehensive reviews of four books: (1) "Bending Spines: The Propagandas of Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic" by Randall L. Bytwerk (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2004); (2) "Radio Goes to War: The Cultural Politics of Propaganda During World War II" by Gerd Horten (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002); (3) "The Male Body at War: American Masculinity During World War II" by Christina S. Jarvis (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois Press, 2003); and (4) "The Rhetorical Presidency, Propaganda, and the Cold War, 1945-1955" by Shawn J. Parry-Giles (New York: Praeger Publishers, 2001). All four of these book are worthy of individual examination, as each makes unique arguments and produces important insights on the propaganda it scrutinizes. They establish that recognizing propaganda is much more than looking at contextual markers. Instead, a deeper understanding of domestic propaganda is possible only when one examines it inductively, as it was produced and disseminated. (Contains 85 endnotes.)
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Identifiers - Location: East Germany; Germany; United States