Two ASU Professors win the 2012 Outstanding Co-Authored Book of the Year Award

Pauline H. Cheong and Christopher Lundry, along with co-authors Daniel L. Bernardi, and Scott W. Ruston will receive the 2012 Outstanding Co-Authored Book of the Year, Awarded by the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association for their book Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism, and the Struggle for Strategic in Washington, D.C. this November.

Cheong and Lundry 'Narrative Landmines'

Narrative Landmines explores how rumors fit into and extend narrative systems and ideologies, particularly in the context of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and extremist insurgencies. Its concern is to foster a more sophisticated understanding of how oral and digital cultures work alongside economic, diplomatic, and cultural factors that influence the struggles between states and non-state actors in the proverbial battle of hearts and minds. Beyond face-to-face communication, the authors also address the role of new and social media in the creation and spread of rumors. As narrative forms, rumors are suitable to a wide range of political expression, from citizens, insurgents, and governments alike, and in places as distinct as Singapore, Iraq, and Indonesia—the case studies presented for analysis. The authors make a compelling argument for understanding rumors in these contexts as “narrative IEDs,” low-cost, low-tech weapons that can successfully counter such elaborate and expansive government initiatives as outreach campaigns or strategic communication efforts.