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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

Memorials and Other Forms of Collective Memory
Memorials and other forms of collective memory

The decision to include a chapter on memorials and collective memory1 in this handbook is noteworthy in its own right. Had this volume been published 25 years ago, it is difficult to imagine that these topics would have been considered of sufficient importance to represent communication studies. Prior to the mid-1980s, published scholarship in communication and rhetorical studies was silent on the topics of “memorials,” “monuments,” and “collective memory.”2 At that time, memorials were studied primarily by art critics and historians, as well as by military historians. Similarly, the related topic of collective memory, and its implications for communal, cultural, or national identity, did not receive much attention in the communication discipline. Since ...

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