edited by Shawn F. Briscoe
contributions by Maya McGregory, Yari L. Mitchell, Nicole D. Nave, Pulgeenok Methanie Ongtooguk, Paul Ongtooguk, Ravi Rao, Sara B. Sanchez, Aubrey Semple, Ashley Snookes, Tara L. Tate, Alex Berry, Nicole Wanzer-Serrano, Jamal Burns, Benjamin Collinger, Nya Fifer, Desiree Hill, Rashad Howard, Gina Iberri-Shea and Sean Luechtefeld
Southern Illinois University Press, 2024
Paper: 978-0-8093-3922-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-3923-5
Library of Congress Classification PN4181.T725 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 808.53


A pathway to community, growth, and change 

This collection of inclusive essays explores the role of debate in understanding and critiquing injustice and inequality. Edited by Shawn F. Briscoe, these essays closely examine multiple approaches to debate, considering their respective merits and controversies. This detailed compilation analyzes how debate methodologies are useful in everyday life and whether certain approaches have any value at all.  

Briscoe provides an in-depth look into the varying styles of debate and contributes to a greater understanding of argument theory by discussing three stylistic approaches: audience-centered, technical/progressive, and nontraditional/performative. The book demonstrates that all three approaches offer students opportunity to engage in a socioemotional learning space, a discipline that prepares students for undergraduate and graduate work, a study that prepares participants for future careers, and a field that investigates current controversies and how to tackle them. Briscoe offers compelling narratives from BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and women authors that explore the personal impact of debate on social equality within this academic discipline, our educational system, and society. 

The diversity in gender and race of the contributing authors allows for a multitude of perspectives on the complex styles, benefits, and issues discussed in Transcending the Game. Briscoe peels back the mystery that shrouds the benefits of academic, competitive debate from outsiders and insiders alike. A myriad of personal narratives tell stories about the role of debate in their lives; challenge the unproductive discourse in debate, education, and society; and offer diverse insight into why we debate.