Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement

Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement

By: JongHwa Lee (editor), Seth Kahn (editor)Paperback

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This volume examines the role of rhetoric in today's culture of democratic activism. The volume takes on two of the most significant challenges currently facing contemporary rhetorical studies: (1) the contested meanings and practices of democracy and civic engagement in global context, and (2) the central role of rhetoric in democratic activist practices. In presenting a variety of political and rhetorical struggles in their specific contexts, editors Seth Kahn and JongHwa Lee allow contributors to reflect on and elaborate possibilities for both activist approaches to rhetorical studies, and rhetorical approaches to activist projects, facilitating better understanding the socio-political consequences of this work. With contributors from widely known scholars in communication and composition studies, the collection offers practical cases that highlight how rhetoric mediates, constitutes, and/or intervenes in democratic principles and practices. It also considers theoretical questions that acknowledge profound voids in the rhetorical tradition (e.g., Western, neo-Aristotelian, liberal) and expand the horizon of traditional rhetorical perspectives. It advocates new knowledge and practices that further promote civic engagement, social change and democracy in the global context. Activism and Rhetoric will be appropriate for scholars and students across disciplines, including rhetoric, composition, communication studies, political science, cultural studies, and women's studies.

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Seth Kahn, PhD, is associate professor of English at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches writing and rhetoric courses, and serves in several positions for APSCUF (Association of PA State College University Faculty). His current research projects are focused on the term "shared governance" and its availability to higher education labor activists as a means to reclaim some authority over our own work. JongHwa Lee, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches courses on the rhetoric of human rights and human wrongs, tourism and globalization, and the rhetoric of memory and space. He was the chief organizer of the World Conference on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery held in University of California at Los Angeles in 2007.


Foreword: Philip C. Wander Introduction: Seth Kahn and JongHwa Lee Part I. (Re)Framing Rhetorical Activism: How Activists Theorize Rhetoric and Vice Versa Chapter 1: The Only Conceivable Thing To Do: Reflections on Academics and Activism Dana L. Cloud Chapter 2: Reflections on Activist Scholarship: The Consequences We All Have to Face Jonghwa Lee Chapter 3: The Work of a Middle-Class Activist: Stuck in History Charles Bazerman Chapter 4: Speaking Truth to Power: Observations from Experience Lee Artz Chapter 5: Gadugi: Where the fire burns Ellen (Drew) Cushman Chapter 6: Intervention and Rhetorics of War: Classical Insights for Contemporary Activists Melissa Dey Hasbrook Part II. Contexts for Rhetorical Activism, Part One: Activism in Non-Academic Settings Chapter 7: A Conservative Pundit in Liberal Surroundings: An Uneven Odyssey Richard E. Vatz Chapter 8: The Role of Communism in Democratic Discourse: What Activist Rhetoricians Can Learn from the World Bank Catherine Chaput Chapter 9: (Re) Politicizing the Writing Process: An Exhortation and a Cautionary Tale Seth Kahn Chapter 10: "Looking for the Left in Russia" Katie Feyh Part III. Contexts for Rhetorical Activism, Part Two: Activism within Academic Institutions Chapter 11: Developing Activist Rhetorics on Israel-Palestine: Resisting the Depoliticization of the American Academy Matthew Abraham Chapter 12: Democracy and the Academy: Ethnographic Articulations and Interventions for Social Change Paige Pettyjohn Edley & Nina Maria Lozano-Reich Chapter 13: Against Decorous Civility: Acting as if You Live in a Democracy M.J. Braun Chapter 14: You Can't Get There from Here: Higher Education, Labor Activism, and Challenges of Neoliberal Globalization Kevin Mahoney Part IV. Contexts for Rhetorical Activism, Part Three: Activist Pedagogy Chapter 15: Practicing Democracy: An Experience-Based Approach Ruth Ray, Gwendolyn Gorzelsky, Stephanie Hall-Sturgis, LaWanda Dickens, Thomas Trimble, Kim Davis, Karen Keaton Jackson, Justin Vidovic, Sally Chandler Chapter 16: BREAKING NEWS: Armchair Activists Access Their Power Shelley DeBlasis and Teresa Grettano Chapter 17: Activism in the Ivory Tower: Finding Hope for Academic Prose Rebecca Jones Chapter 18: Reclaiming Activism for Students Amy Pason

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  • publication date: 06/10/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780415878562
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780415878562
  • weight: 317
  • ISBN10: 041587856X

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