Communication and Culture in War and Peace by Colleen A. Roach

By Colleen A. Roach

By means of exploring the function of either tradition and the mass media, this quantity fills a niche within the literature on warfare and peace. awesome students supply an outline of serious mass media learn and open up completely new views at the ongoing debate over communications matters in warfare and peace. The contributions collect universal subject matters together with the military-industrial-communications advanced, cultural imperialism and transnational regulate of communications. a number of views are lined, corresponding to gender matters, language learn and bureaucratization.

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War is biologically possible, but it is not inevitable. . It is scientifically incorrect to say that war or any other violent behavior is genetically programmed into our human nature. . It is scientifically incorrect to say that in the course of human evolution there has been a selection for aggressive behavior more than for other kinds of behavior. . Violence is neither in our evolutionary legacy nor in our genes. (The Seville Statement on Violence, 1991, pp. 169-170) Moreover, a growing number of anthropologists and psychologists interested in peace research are essentially concluding that war is above 8 Communication and Culture in War and Peace all a cultural phenomenon.

Alger, 1989, pp. 118-119) Many feminist researchers, because of their concern with a holistic approach to violence, war, patriarchy, domination, and inequality, have validated the wide-ranging positive definition of peace. Bruck-Utne (1985), a Norwegian researcher, writes that "when the concept of peace implies that every human being regardless of sex has the right to a life in peace and peace is defined as justice, the right to fulfillment of basic needs, to self-determination, most feminist research can be called re­ search on women and peace" (p.

Television is thus viewed as a perfect example of an antipeople technology that reifies patriarchal values such as hierarchy, efficiency, and rationality at the expense of the more feminine side of the human psyche; "the part in all of us that is deeply rooted in human feelings, bodily instincts, the rhythms of nature, and sense of containment within the larger forces of earthly life" (Nelson, 1987, p. 21). Her ethical appraisal of television technology comes out of a long tradition of writers such as Ellul, who view the development of technology as stimulating what Kroker refers to as a "hyper-atrophied moral sense" (Kroker, 1984, p.

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