Readings in Rhetorical Fieldwork compiles foundational articles highlighting the development of fieldwork in rhetorical criticism. Presenting a wide variety of approaches, the volume begins with a section establishing the starting points for the development of fieldwork in rhetorical criticism and then examines five topics: Space & Place; Public Memory; Publics and Counterpublics; Advocacy and Activism; and Science, Technology, and Medicine. Within these sections, readers evaluate a full spectrum of methods, from interviews, to oral histories, to participant observation. This volume is invaluable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of rhetorical criticism, rhetorical fieldwork, and qualitative methods looking for a comprehensive overview of the development of rhetorical fieldwork.
Gerard A. Hauser-"Attending to the Vernacular: A Plea for an Ethnographical Rhetoric"
Dwight Conquergood -"Ethnography, Rhetoric, and Performance"
Michael K. Middleton, Samantha Senda-Cook, and Danielle Endres-"Articulating Rhetorical Field Methods: Challenges and Tensions"
Aaron Hess-"Critical-Rhetorical Ethnography: Rethinking the Place and Process of Rhetoric"
Space and Place
Kenneth S. Zagacki and Victoria J. Gallagher-"Rhetoric and Materiality in the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art"
Ralph Cintron -Excerpts from Angels Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life, and the Rhetorics of Everyday
Cindy M. Spurlock-"Performing and Sustaining (Agri)Culture and Place: The Cultivation of Environmental Subjectivity on the Piedmont Farm Tour"
Greg Dickinson, Brian L. Ott, and Eric Aoki -Spaces of Remembering and Forgetting: The Reverent Eye/I at the Plains Indian Museum"
Suhi Choi-"Silencing Survivors’ Narratives: Why Are We Again Forgetting the No Gun Ri Story?"
Marouf Hasian and Rulon Wood-"Critical Museology, (Post)Colonial Communication, and the Gradual Mastering of Traumatic Pasts at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA)"
Publics and Counterpublics
Phaedra Pezzullo-"Resisting ‘National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’: The Rhetoric of Counterpublics and Their Cultural Performances"
Karma R. Chávez-"Counter-Public Enclaves and Understanding the Function of Rhetoric in Social Movement Coalition-Building"
Jenny Edbauer -"Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies"
Advocacy and Activism
Peter Simonson-"The Streets of Laredo: Mercurian Rhetoric and the Obama Campaign"
Joshua P. Ewalt, Jessy J. Ohl, and Damien Smith Pfister-"Activism, Deliberation, and Networked Public Screens Rhetorical Scenes From the Occupy Moment in Lincoln, Nebraska (Parts 1 & 2)"
erin diana mcclellan-"Narrative as Vernacular Rhetoric: Understanding Community Among Transients, Tourists and Locals"
Science, Technology, and Medicine
Heather Graves-"Marbles, Dimples, Rubber Sheets, and Quantum Wells: The Role of Analogy in the Rhetoric of Science"
S. Scott Graham and Carl Herndl-"Multiple Ontologies in Pain Management: Toward a Postplural Rhetoric of Science"
Caroline Gottschalk Druschke -"Watershed as Common-Place: Communicating for Conservation at the Watershed Scale
"This collection is sharply curated yet appropriately broad in scope. With consideration of the vernacular, the everyday, and the ephemeral, it directs critical attention to the pervasive and visceral rhetorics that guide publics and discourses yet might otherwise be overlooked. These essays capture the pulse of rhetoric’s turn toward participatory field research and ethnography—perhaps the most significant and widespread disciplinary shift for rhetorical studies in the current time."
- Casey R. Schmitt, Gonzaga University, USA