Articles & Reviews

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Rhetoric Matters: Race and ‘Slavery’ in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

John Gagnon

“The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) tells us a story through which we can more closely examine how the law has functioned in both constructing and affirming certain cultural discourses about human trafficking.”

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Eight Years a “Wooden Opponent”: Genre Change (and its Lack) in Campus Timely Warnings

Kate Pantelides, Derek N. Mueller, Gabriel Green

“Because the Timely Warning genre positions the university community as a “wooden opponent” – it cannot succeed in its goal of developing relationships to maintain safety.”

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Ecologies of Race in the Public Rhetoric Classroom

Nathaniel A. Rivers

“What I have offered is less an employable set of texts, lessons, or advice, and more the performance of a teacher coming to terms with race in pedagogy both during and after the course. What I have done is (re)turn to rhetoric.”

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Re-seeing Abu Ghraib: Cynical Rhetoric as Civic Engagement

Laura Sparks

“By re-imagining cynicism’s utility as a productive stance, we can identify several tactics for intervention in matters of political and ethical import. Adopting cynicism requires us to introduce provocative language in the public sphere.”

Anti-racist Activism and the Transformational Principles of Hashtag Publics: From #HandsUpDontShoot to #PantsUpDontLoot

Anti-racist Activism and the Transformational Principles of Hashtag Publics: From #HandsUpDontShoot to #PantsUpDontLoot

James Alexander McVey, Heather Suzanne Woods

“Clarifying the rhetorical potential for hashtags as an organizational tool demonstrates the caution with which protesters must approach the task of organizing online.”

Lipari's Listening, Thinking, Being

Book Review: Lipari’s Listening, Thinking, Being

Holly Willis

“Our ordinary, habitual ways of comprehending the seemingly simple, straightforward acts that comprise dialogue are not only inadequate but fundamentally incorrect.”

Wan's Producing Good Citizens

Book Review: Wan’s Producing Good Citizens

Jaclyn M. Wells

“Readers will come away from the book with a better understanding of how the production of good citizens came to be such a common educational objective as well as how citizenship and literacy came to be so tightly bound in a variety of educational spaces.”

Browne's Tropic Tendencies

Book Review: Browne’s Tropic Tendencies

Josephine Walwema

“Using what he calls the “Caribbean Carnivalseque” as a rhetorical trope that defines the essence of being Caribbean, Browne grounds his analysis in Kenneth Burke’s Rhetoric of Motives and the concept of human beings as symbol-using animals.”

Vol 5, Iss 2

Vol. 5.2: Special Issue on Race, Rhetoric, and the State

“What galvanizes our aim is the increasing call by scholars across disciplines to critically engage violence and repression committed by and on behalf of the state. We seek to explore the ways in which the structures of the state explicitly and implicitly normalize violence against communities of color.”

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“They Call Me Dr. Ore”

Ersula J. Ore

“Needless to say, I didn’t make it home that night. Instead I spent over nine hours sleeping on a jail cell floor with a stale roll beneath my head for a pillow because rather than acquiesce to the ways in which white parades as blue, I transgressed.”

Coyolxauhqui’s Unapologetic Survival

Xicano Indigeneity & State Violence: A Visual/Textual Dialogue

Santos F. Ramos, Angélica De Jesús

“In what ways does Indigenous social justice work differ from other kinds of social justice work? And what are some of the complications in building solidarity between social movements that focus on a diversity of issues?”

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That Camera Won’t Save You! The Spectacular Consumption of Police Violence

Armond R. Towns

“The capability to turn images of Black people recently murdered or beaten by police into Internet memes further normalizes antiblack violence as spectacle, throwing doubt on the radical potential of body cameras.”

Reuben Greene, Dubscience Photography, "Eye of the Storm."

Baltimore’s Uprising: Diasporic Liberation, Consciousness, and Place

Alexandra P. Gelbard

“The death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015 sparked Baltimore’s inclusion as a center of the Black Lives Matters movement – a contemporary iteration of an African Diasporic liberation consciousness.”

One More Video Theory (Some Assemblage Required)

One More Video Theory (Some Assemblage Required)

Sarah J. Arroyo, Bahareh Alaei

“We point out how remix and participatory culture are effective rhetorical moves against this type of psychological terrorism. By repurposing Ulmer’s genre of the “popcycle,” we put forward the concept of the “participatory popsicle.””