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Communication Crisis at Kent State

A Case Study, 1st Edition

By Phillip K. Tompkins, Elaine Vanden Bout Anderson


184 pages

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Originally published in 1971. On May 4th, 1970, shots fired by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University were heard around the world. People were either outraged by the killings or outraged at the students. Instant experts rendered the judgment that it was all a problem of communication. This book tested that hypothesis as it presents the result of an in-depth series of interviews both within and outside the university soon after the tragic event. The book includes a narrative of an initial understanding of the incidents but admits its limit in full information as it outlines the results of the study, which looked at systems and subsystems of information flow. This book adds to the understanding of problems of communication in large organisations and particularly education establishments as well as being a cautionary tale of a specific event.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Crises, May 1-4 2. The Administration and the Deans 3. Department Chairmen 4. The Faculty 5. The Students 6. The Non-Academic Division 7. Conclusions. Appendix A: Methodology. Appendix B: The Interview Guide. Appendix C: Recommendations from the Task Force on Communication. Appendix D: Photographs by John P. Filo

About the Authors

Philip Tompkins is Professor Emeritus of Communication and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is currently working on a book titled Managing Risk and Complexity through Open Communication and Teamwork, to be released in 2015.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Communication Studies

Reissuing works originally published between 1971 and 1993, this set offers a fantastic variety of texts on communications, connecting with psychology, media, sociology, development studies, gender studies and history. Specific volumes look at topics from listening, third-world mass-communication, and ethics in communication, to feminist communications, the internet, and communication policy in developed countries. In such a wide and exciting area of study, this set is an excellent collection of previously out-of-print titles.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies