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Unruly Rhetorics: Protest, Persuasion, and Publics
edited by Jonathan Alexander, Susan C. Jarratt and Nancy Welch
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018
Paper: 978-0-8229-6556-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-8643-0
Library of Congress Classification P301.5.P67U57 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 808

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
What forces bring ordinary people together in public to make their voices heard? What means do they use to break through impediments to democratic participation?
Unruly Rhetorics is a collection of essays from scholars in rhetoric, communication, and writing studies inquiring into conditions for activism, political protest, and public assembly. An introduction drawing on Jacques Rancière and Judith Butler explores the conditions under which civil discourse cannot adequately redress suffering or injustice. The essays offer analyses of “unruliness” in case studies from both twenty-first-century and historical sites of social-justice protest.  The collection concludes with an afterword highlighting and inviting further exploration of the ethical, political, and pedagogical questions unruly rhetorics raise. Examining multiple modes of expression – embodied, print, digital, and sonic – Unruly Rhetorics points to the possibility that unruliness, more than just one of many rhetorical strategies within political activity, is constitutive of the political itself.
 

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