Rhetoric and Communication Perspectives on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Policy and Protocol Through Discourse, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Rhetoric and Communication Perspectives on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Policy and Protocol Through Discourse, 1st Edition

By Amy D. Propen, Mary Schuster


216 pages

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This book brings rhetorical, legal, and professional communication perspectives to the discourse surrounding policy-making efforts within the United States around two types of violent crimes against women: domestic violence and sexual assault. The authors propose that such analysis adds to our understanding of rhetorical concepts such as kairos, risk perception, moral panic, genre analysis, and identity theory. Overall, the goal is to demonstrate how rhetorical, legal, and professional communication perspectives work together to illuminate public discourse and conflict in such complicated and ongoing dilemmas as how to aid victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and how to manage the offenders of such crimes—social and cultural problems that continue to perplex the legal system and the social environment.

Table of Contents

Policy and Protocol Through Discourse: An Introduction

1. Perspectives on Public and Political Controversy: Kairos, Moral Panic, and Risk

2. Disrupting Genres: Influencing Behavior and Belief

3. Othering Within Public Discourse: The Challenges of Power and Communication in Policy Making About a Controversial Group

4. Moving Between Text and Context: The Challenges of Systemic and Cultural Change Regarding Gender and Violence

5. Final Perspectives: The Rhetoric of the Civil Commitment Debate and the Lethality Assessment Protocol

About the Authors

Amy D. Propen is Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

Mary Lay Schuster is Professor in the Department of Writing Studies and Faculty Fellow in the Law School at the University of Minnesota, USA. She and Amy D. Propen are also co-authors of Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom: Persuasive Practices in Domestic Violence and Child Protection Cases.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture

This series promotes innovative, interdisciplinary research in the theory and practice of technical communication, broadly conceived as including business, scientific, and health communication. Technical communication has an extensive impact on our world and our lives, yet the venues for long-format research in the field are few. This series serves as an outlet for scholars engaged with the theoretical, practical, rhetorical, and cultural implications of this burgeoning field. The editors welcome proposals for book-length studies and edited collections involving qualitative and quantitative research and theoretical inquiry into technical communication and associated fields and topics, including user-centered design; information design; intercultural communication; risk communication; new media; social media; visual communication and rhetoric; disability/accessibility issues; communication ethics; health communication; applied rhetoric; and the history and current practice of technical, business, and scientific communication.

The series is proud to congratulate Ehren Pflugfelder on winning the 2018 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication for the book Communicating Technology and Mobility: A Material Rhetoric for Persuasive Transportation!

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAW / Gender & the Law
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment