WARRING WITH WORDS: NARRATIVE AND METAPHOR IN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY,
‘Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Domestic and International Politics,’ the third event in the series, was held at Claremont Graduate University in March 2012. It was hosted by the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences, as the annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology. The ten contributors were individually invited, and presented their papers to a large audience in the space of a single day.
The papers were reworked for a book which was published in July 2014 by the Psychology Press (of the Taylor and Francis Group) with the title Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Politics (ed. Michael Hanne, William D. Crano and Jeffrey Scott Mio), including a number of additional chapters by scholars who took up topics not represented in the symposium itself. The volume thus includes chapters on: the use of metaphors (e.g. of body and disease) and associated narratives by politicians to persuade and to justify their actions; the grand narrative schemata and grand metaphor frames at work in public debate around politics; the explanatory narratives and conceptual metaphors employed by scholars and commentators for interpreting and theorizing about domestic and international politics; and the numerous ways in which politicians, activists, journalists and citizens, seek to ‘do things with narrative and metaphor,’ in predicting, planning, reasoning, persuading, campaigning and, more generally, capturing the discursive space in politics. I wrote the opening chapter: ‘The Warring with Words Project: An Introduction’: 1-50.