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Moro Morality Play Terrorism as Social Drama

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ISBN-10: 0226869849

ISBN-13: 9780226869841

Edition: 1986

Authors: Robin E. Wagner-Pacifici

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On March 16, 1978, the former prime minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was kidnapped by the Red Brigades, and what followed--the fifty-five days of captivity that resulted in Moro's murder--constitutes one of the most striking social dramas of the twentieth century. In this compelling study of terrorism, Robin Wagner-Pacifici employs methods from sociology, symbolic anthropology, and literary criticism to decode the many social "texts" that shaped the event: political speeches, newspaper reports, television and radio news, editorials, photographs, Moro's letters, Red Brigade communiques, and appeals by various international figures. The analysis of these "texts" calls into question the function…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.

Introduction Event and Epistemology The Social Drama The Significance of Social Hermeneutics Organization of the Book
Italy 1978 The Protagonists Legitimation Crisis
Breach: The Country in the Streets The Critical Event Definition Defense
Crisis: Recognition and Negotiation The Protagonists Claim Their Positions The Significance of Negotiation as an Exchange Activity Varieties of Recognition Conclusion
Redress: Elaboration of Symbolic Power Terminology The Root Paradigms Unpacking the Root Paradigms Conclusion
Reconciliation or Schism: Theory The Authority of Authorship The Final Act A Case of Structural Convergence Moro's Career Moro Public and Moro Private A Precedent for Expulsion The Need for Purification Moro's Moral Passage Aesthetic Imperatives
The Praxis of Reconciliation and the Praxis of Schism Symmetrical Trials Trial in Torino The Trial in the People's Prison The Interpretation of Evidence Performance and Competence The Letters as Evidence The Benign Interpretation The Family as Plaintiff
Conclusion The Model of Ritual Ritual and Theater Tragedy versus Melodrama Heroes and Villains Cauterization: Police Powers and Maximalist Appeals Modes of Mediation
Appendix: Documents of the Drama