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Randall G. Rogan & Mitchell R. Hammer

In: The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice

Chapter 16: The Emerging Field of Crisis/Hostage Negotiation: A Communication-Based Perspective

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The Emerging Field of Crisis/Hostage Negotiation: A Communication-Based Perspective
The emerging field of crisis/hostage negotiation: A communication-based perspective

It has been a little more than 30 years since the New York City Police Department (NYPD) began implementing its strategy of negotiating barricade standoff incidents (Louden, 1998), yet the act of taking hostages is an ancient tactic for exercising geopolitical and relational power. In fact, it has been argued that in Genesis 14 of the Old Testament book of the Bible, one can read what may be the first recorded hostage taking and rescue operation. According to this account, a nephew of Abraham is taken captive by an opposing army, to which Abraham responds by assembling a force to rescue Lot from his captors (McMains & Mullins, ...

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