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Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship

Building on the ancient idea that communication enables civilization, this book introduces the concept of rhetorical citizenship as a way to explore rhetoric’s place in society. Christian Kock and Lisa Villadsen bring together contributions from various fields to highlight the discursive aspects of civic life.

“The volume emphasizes the language-oriented rhetorical notion of citizenship and shifts us away from formal, legal-oriented, state-centric definitions. It makes a strong case for why attention to rhetoric is useful in understanding and addressing contemporary public controversies.”—G. Thomas Goodnight, University of Southern California

272 pages | 15 halftones, 11 line drawings | 6 x 9 1/5 | © 2014

Rhetoric in Society

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“The volume emphasizes the language-oriented rhetorical notion of citizenship and shifts us away from formal, legal-oriented, state-centric definitions. It makes a strong case for why attention to rhetoric is useful in understanding and addressing contemporary public controversies. This is a major collection of works within the space of rhetoric and communication inquiry. The essays are accessible to scholars and students as well.”

G. Thomas Goodnight, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

“I have read the book with interest and enthusiasm. It provides a great selection of actual research on rhetoric and communication from very different traditions, departments, methodologies, and angles. Rhetorical Citizenship as a conceptual frame brings thematic cohesion and possibilities for comparison and synergy. The dual focus on the receptive and the participatory aspects of civic interaction is a strong point.”

Jaap de Jong, Leiden University

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