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Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America
by M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jacqueline S. Palmer
Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
Paper: 978-0-8093-3145-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8093-1750-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8097-8
Library of Congress Classification HC110.E5K5 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 363.70560973

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In this book, M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jacqueline S. Palmer have a twofold purpose: to analyze the patterns of rhetoric used in written discourse about environmental politics and to make a practical contribution to the art of rhetorical criticism through the study of rhetoric in use.


The language, professional objectivity, and research programs of scientists insulate these best-informed citizens in enclaves of specialization, limiting access to crucial information and hindering effective reformative action. Science, the authors stress, is not merely a database to rely upon but a view of the world that must be broadened in order to affect social morality. Science-based activism must arise to ensure the care and future of the environment.


Killingsworth and Palmer argue that for grassroots activism to be tied to this globally conscious philosophy, a rhetoric of sustainability must be cultivated.


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