2nd Edition

Activism and Rhetoric Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement

Edited By JongHwa Lee, Seth Kahn Copyright 2020
    266 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The second edition of this formative collection offers analysis of the work rhetoric plays in the principles and practices of today’s culture of democratic activism.

    Editors JongHwa Lee and Seth Kahn—and their diverse contributors working in communication and composition studies both within and outside academia—provide explicit articulation of how activist rhetoric differs from the kinds of deliberative models that rhetoric has exalted for centuries, contextualized through and by contributors’ everyday lives, work, and interests. New to this edition are attention to Black Lives Matter, the transgender community, social media environments, globalization, and environmental activism.

    Simultaneously challenging and accessible, Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement is a must-read for students and scholars who are interested in or actively engaged in rhetoric, composition, political communication, and social justice.

    Chapters 1, 6, and 13 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    Introduction to Activism and Rhetoric, Second Edition

    JongHwa Lee and Seth Kahn 

    Part I: Activism Where We Work 

    1 Borders of Engagement: Rethinking Scholarship, Activism, and the Academy

    Bryan J. McCann 

    2 Rhetorical Activism: Responsibility in the Ivory Tower  

    Rebecca Jones

    3 Reclaiming (Teaching) the "A" Word (Activism)

    Amy Pason

    4 A Time to Remember: Rhetorical Pedagogy, Commemoration, and Activism

    Christina L. Moss

    Part II: Voices from the Margin(alized) 

    5 Alt-Country Rhetorics: Relearning (Trans) Activism in Rural Indiana

    G Patterson

    6 Recognizing and Saving Black Lives, Recognizing and Saving Palestinian Lives: The Power of Transnational Rhetorics in Locating the Commonality of Liberation Struggles

    Matthew Abraham

    7 Gadugi: Where the Fire Burns (Still)

    Ellen Cushman

    8 Memory War: Activist Rhetoric for Historical Justice

    JongHwa Lee

    Part III: Modalities and Audiences 

    9 Raging Media: Investing in an Infrastructure for Resistance

    Kevin Mahoney

    10 A Conservative Professorial Pundit in Liberal Surroundings: An Uneven Odyssey Projected through 2020

    Richard E. Vatz

    11 ON STRIKE! A Rhetorician’s Guide to Solidarity-Building

    Seth Kahn

    12 Affect and Activism in the Rhetorical Context of the Post-Truth Era

    Catherine Chaput

    Part IV: Re-Theorizing Activist Rhetoric 

    13 Speaking the Power of Truth: Rhetoric and Action for Our Times

    Lee Artz

    14 Tradition and Transformation in Jane Addams’s New Federalism: Creating Community Sphere by Empowering Municipalities

    Rodrick Schubert and Omar Swartz

    15 The Work of a Middle-Class Activist: Stuck in History 

    Charles Bazerman

    16 Social Justice Activists, Environmental Fatigue, and the Restorative Practices of Doing "The Work That Reconnects"

    Madrone Kalil Schutten 

    17 [Still] The Only Conceivable Thing to Do: Reflections on Academics and Activism 

    Dana Cloud


    Michelle Rodino-Colocino


    JongHwa Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Angelo State University, USA.

    Seth Kahn is a Professor of English at West Chester University, USA.