The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-Scholars and Civic Engagement

The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-Scholars and Civic Engagement

by John M. Ackerman, David J. Coogan

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The Public Work of Rhetoric presents the art of rhetorical techné as a contemporary praxis for civic engagement and social change, which is necessarily inclusive of people inside and outside the academy. In this provocative call to action, editors John M. Ackerman and David J. Coogan, along with seventeen other accomplished contributors, offer case studies and criticism on the rhetorical practices of citizen-scholars pursuing democratic ideals in diverse civic communities—with partnerships across a range of media, institutions, exigencies, and discourses. Challenging conventional research methodologies and the traditional insularity of higher education, these essays argue that civic engagement as a rhetorical act requires critical attention to our notoriously veiled identity in public life, to our uneasy affiliation with democracy as a public virtue, and to the transcendent powers of discourse and ideology. This can be accomplished, the contributors argue, by building on the compatible traditions of materialist rhetoric and community literacy, two vestiges of rhetoric's dual citizenship in the fields of communication and English. This approach expresses a collective desire in rhetoric for more politically responsive scholarship, more visible impact in public life, and more access to the critical spaces between universities and their communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611173048
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/15/2013
Series: Studies in Rhetoric/Communication
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John M. Ackerman is an associate professor of communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he directs the Program for Writing and Rhetoric and holds the Ineva Baldwin Chair of Arts and Sciences. His research on disciplinarity, architecture, and everyday life has appeared in a number of journals and edited collections.
David J. Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work on community literacy, rhetorical theory, and social change has appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, and Community Literacy and in the edited volume Active Voices.

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