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Lifestyle Drugs And The Neoliberal Family, Kristin Swenson Feb 2016

Lifestyle Drugs And The Neoliberal Family, Kristin Swenson

Kristin Swenson

Since 1997, advertisements for lifestyle drugs have saturated the U.S. airwaves, print media, and the Internet. Viewers are asked to see their children’s difficulty in school as attention deficit disorder, their worry as anxiety, and their flagging sex life as dysfunction. And for each disorder, there is a corresponding pharmaceutical solution. Through the lens of these advertisements, Lifestyle Drugs and the Neoliberal Family unpacks our contemporary obsession with obtaining easy solutions for difficult problems. The ads’ discourse illuminates the experience of living within a society increasingly affected by the policies of neoliberalism, one that requires us to invest ...


How To Negotiate Better Than Donald Trump, Peter R. Reilly Feb 2016

How To Negotiate Better Than Donald Trump, Peter R. Reilly

Peter R. Reilly

No abstract provided.


Thank You For Dying For Our Country: Commemorative Texts And Performances In Jerusalem, Chaim Noy May 2015

Thank You For Dying For Our Country: Commemorative Texts And Performances In Jerusalem, Chaim Noy

Chaim Noy

Combining ethnographic, semiotic, and performative approaches, this book examines texts and accompanying acts of writing of national commemoration. The commemorative visitor book is viewed as a mobilized stage, a communication medium, where visitors' public performances are presented, and where acts of participation are authored and composed. The study contextualizes the visitor book within the material and ideological environment where it is positioned and where it functions. The semiotics of commemoration are mirrored in the visitor book, which functions as a participatory platform that becomes an extension of the commemorative spaces in the museum. The study addresses tourists' and visitors' texts ...


Intersectional Rhetorics: A Case Study In The 2013 Supreme Court Decisions On Doma, Proposition 8, And The Voting Rights Act., Michelle Kearl Dec 2013

Intersectional Rhetorics: A Case Study In The 2013 Supreme Court Decisions On Doma, Proposition 8, And The Voting Rights Act., Michelle Kearl

Michelle Kelsey Kearl

The summer of 2013 saw a troubling social justice whiplash. On June 26th, in two separate decisions the Supreme Court repealed the Defense of Marriage Act and found no standing in the Perry case, also known as the Proposition 8 case, effectively opening the way for gay marriages to resume in California. Just one day before these decisions, a clear victory for mainstream gay rights movements, the same court ruled that the federal government must create a new standard for evaluating how states meet or violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While the court did not gut the Act ...


Show Me Your Desire: Critical Discourses Of Legislating Voter Identification, Right To Work, And Sb 1070., Michelle Kearl Dec 2013

Show Me Your Desire: Critical Discourses Of Legislating Voter Identification, Right To Work, And Sb 1070., Michelle Kearl

Michelle Kelsey Kearl

While popular and political discourses seeking to shore up the mobility of bodies ‘to be’ in public is nothing new, the recent convergence of a host of legislating is worth noting. The rhetoric surrounding voter identification and right to work laws, as well as Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 underscore xenophobic compulsions to reconstitute the appropriate public body. In this manuscript I am specifically interested in the intersection of race and class as they emerge in the political discourses of these cultural and legislative debates. In these three cases several tropes emerge including traditional arguments to preserve the American Dream ...


Towards A Critical Intersectional Rhetoric: Critical Rhetoric Meets Intersectionality, Michelle Kearl Dec 2013

Towards A Critical Intersectional Rhetoric: Critical Rhetoric Meets Intersectionality, Michelle Kearl

Michelle Kelsey Kearl

The most recent treatments of critical rhetoric have attempted to expand its appropriate methodological focus (Hess, 2011; Hess & Herbig, 2011; Middleton, Senda-Cook, & Endres, 2011). It is within this expansion that I pitch this theoretical interrogation and building of critical rhetoric. While the newest research argues for a variety of in situ, ethnographic, and other considerations of ‘live’ rhetorics, my investments are more directly in the responsibility of critical interpretation of texts. McKerrow (1989) establishes a series of obligations for critical rhetoricians as they analyze rhetorical artifacts; two critiques, eight praxes, and a perpetual criticism is no small endeavor. I argue here, however, that this is insufficient in the analysis of the rhetorical productions of marginalized or vernacular discourses. Emerging from an analysis of the debate over Proposition 8 in California, I argue that critical rhetoricians must also attend to intersectional considerations as they emerge in the rhetorical productions of vernacular discourses. This project will articulate, then, a critical intersectional rhetoric that explores the project of critical ...


From Freedom Rides To Justice Rides: Analogizing Social Movement Rhetoric In A Post-Identity America., Michelle Kearl Dec 2013

From Freedom Rides To Justice Rides: Analogizing Social Movement Rhetoric In A Post-Identity America., Michelle Kearl

Michelle Kelsey Kearl

This presentation explores the rhetorical strategies, specifically the use of analogy, used in the rhetoric of the Created Equal organization. Created Equal, an anti-abortion activist organization, argues that it is a social movement in the vein of the Civil Rights Movement. The rhetoric employed by the organization is remarkable in its pedestrian attempt to veil its religious ideology, as well as its attempt to closely associate itself with the traditional Civil Rights agenda. Specifically, the tactics, images, and promotional material used and produced by the organization both explicitly and implicitly equivocate their commitments to stopping abortion to the demands of ...


Gendered Social Movements: A Critical Comparison Of The Suffrage And Gay Marriage Movements., Michelle Kearl Dec 2009

Gendered Social Movements: A Critical Comparison Of The Suffrage And Gay Marriage Movements., Michelle Kearl

Michelle Kelsey Kearl

The elections of 2008 saw the passage of several overwhelming and expansive condemnations of gay rights across the nation. Most damaging to the gay marriage movement was the successful passage of Proposition 8 in California, the first time that the right gay marriage was repealed. I argue that the continued modeling of the civil rights framework defers an analysis of the argumentative strategies of historically gendered movements such as the suffrage movement and is a disservice to the strategic potential of the marriage equality movement. The critical comparison mad where between suffrage and marriage equality opens the potential for our ...


Truman’S Whistle-Stop Campaign, Steven Goldzwig Dec 2007

Truman’S Whistle-Stop Campaign, Steven Goldzwig

Steven Goldzwig

No abstract provided.


Demagoguery, Democratic Dissent, And ‘Re-Visioning’ Democracy, Steven Goldzwig Dec 2005

Demagoguery, Democratic Dissent, And ‘Re-Visioning’ Democracy, Steven Goldzwig

Steven Goldzwig

No abstract provided.


History, Collective Memory, And The Appropriation Of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Reagan’S Rhetorical Legacy, Steven Goldzwig Dec 2004

History, Collective Memory, And The Appropriation Of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Reagan’S Rhetorical Legacy, Steven Goldzwig

Steven Goldzwig

No abstract provided.


New Approaches To Rhetoric, Steven Goldzwig Dec 2003

New Approaches To Rhetoric, Steven Goldzwig

Steven Goldzwig

No abstract provided.


Continuing The Conversation On ‘What Constitutes Rhetorical Criticism?’”: A Response, Steven Goldzwig, John Jordan, Kathryn Olson Dec 2002

Continuing The Conversation On ‘What Constitutes Rhetorical Criticism?’”: A Response, Steven Goldzwig, John Jordan, Kathryn Olson

Steven Goldzwig

No abstract provided.


Lbj, The Rhetoric Of Transcendence, And The Civil Rights Act Of 1968, Steven Goldzwig Dec 2002

Lbj, The Rhetoric Of Transcendence, And The Civil Rights Act Of 1968, Steven Goldzwig

Steven Goldzwig

No abstract provided.


‘In A Perilous Hour‘: The Public Address Of John F. Kennedy, Steven Goldzwig, George Dionisopoulos Dec 1994

‘In A Perilous Hour‘: The Public Address Of John F. Kennedy, Steven Goldzwig, George Dionisopoulos

Steven Goldzwig

No abstract provided.