Archive for Issue 3

Vol. 5.3: Rhetoric and Social Justice

Vol. 5.3: Rhetoric and Social Justice

“In this issue, we learn that what gets written into law is as important as what gets intentionally omitted and that campus timely warnings are likely neither timely nor warning. We also learn the value of hashtags in cultivating concerned publics, how cynicism can be productive, and how public rhetoric can be a symbolic and material activity.”

Image of chained hands

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.”

Young man holding "I am a timely warning" sign

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.”

Photograph of "Hands up, Don't Shoot" sign on bridge

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.”

Protest against George W. Bush speaking at Beth El synagogue in St. Louis Park

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.”