Avoiding Catastrophe: The Interactional Production of Possibility during the Cuban Missile Crisis1

@article{Gibson2011AvoidingCT,
  title={Avoiding Catastrophe: The Interactional Production of Possibility during the Cuban Missile Crisis1},
  author={David R. Gibson},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={2011},
  volume={117},
  pages={361 - 419}
}
In October 1962, the fate of the world hung on the U.S. response to the discovery of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. President Kennedy’s decision to impose a blockade was based on hours of discussions with top advisers (the so-called ExComm), yet decades of scholarship on the crisis have missed the central puzzle: How did the group select one response, the blockade, when all options seemed bad? Recently released audio recordings are used to argue that the key conversational activity was… Expand
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