[acc-cca-l] Book announcement: "The Art of Communication in a Polarized World"

Kyle Conway kconwa2 at uottawa.ca
Fri May 8 09:20:06 MDT 2020

Hello --

I've been very excited to see all of the open access books announced on the CCA listserv in the past week. At the risk of flooding your inbox with yet another, I'd like to announce the publication of my book The Art of Communication in a Polarized World, released by Athabasca University Press as a free PDF download (among other formats). You can find it here: https://www.aupress.ca/books/120291-the-art-of-communication-in-a-polarized-world/. I had originally hoped to launch it at Congress, but this will have to do!



People’s minds are hard to change. In North America and elsewhere, communities are fractured along ideological lines as social media and algorithms encourage individuals to seek out others who think like they do and to condemn those that don’t. This social and political polarization has resulted in systemic discrimination and weaponized communication trends such as gaslighting and fake news.

In this compelling new book, Kyle Conway confronts the communication challenges of our modern world by navigating the space between opposing perspectives. Conway explores how individuals can come to understand another person’s interpretation of the world and provides the tools for shaping effective arguments capable of altering their perspective. Drawing on the theory of cultural translation and its dimensions of power, meaning, and invention, Conway deepens our understanding of what it means to communicate and opens the door to new approaches to politics and ethics. An essential guide for surviving in our polarized society, this book offers concrete strategies for refining how values and ideas are communicated.

With The Art of Communication in a Polarized World, Conway transforms a theoretical concept into a real-world tool for questioning how power shapes the way people talk about things, the meaning they attribute to them, and the ways in which creation or invention can be deployed to turn meaning against power. By operationalizing cultural translation as a critical tool, the book takes a practical approach to an idea that in the scholarship remains all-too-often underworked and untested in concrete settings. This is a beautifully written text, with an engaging style and supported by Conway’s thoughtful explanations and elucidations along the way.

Sarah Maitland, author of What Is Cultural Translation?

About the Author

Kyle Conway is an associate professor of communication at the University of Ottawa. He has published widely on communication and translation, including the books Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation (2017) and Everyone Says No: Public Service Broadcasting and the Failure of Translation (2011).

Kyle Conway
Professeur agrégé / Associate professor
Département de communication / Department of Communication
Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
Pavillon Desmarais, 11e étage / Desmarais Building, 11th Floor
55, av. Laurier est / Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
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