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.
Table of Contents
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
3 Reclaiming (Teaching) the "A" Word (Activism)
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
6 Recognizing and Saving Black Lives, Recognizing and Saving Palestinian Lives: The Power of Transnational Rhetorics in Locating the Commonality of Liberation Struggles
7 Gadugi: Where the Fire Burns (Still)
8 Memory War: Activist Rhetoric for Historical Justice
Part III: Modalities and Audiences
9 Raging Media: Investing in an Infrastructure for Resistance
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
12 Affect and Activism in the Rhetorical Context of the Post-Truth Era
Part IV: Re-Theorizing Activist Rhetoric
13 Speaking the Power of Truth: Rhetoric and Action for Our Times
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
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
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.