Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Penn State University Press
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At a Christmas party in 2008, in discussing the recent election of Barack Obama, a stranger expressed both his pleasure at the election’s outcome and his concern for who the man might prove to be. I was surprised; I thought the election said less about Obama and more about the character of the American citizen. ...
Introduction: Deliberation in the Global Era
Shall we speak of Abu Ghraib and torture; shall we educate the children of illegal immigrants; shall we guarantee health care for all or for most; shall we intervene in the governance of other nations; shall we ban the hijab (head scarf), medicinal marijuana, and prayer in the schools; shall we find one hundred million missing women, the lost boys of Africa, ...
Chapter 1: Defining Deliberative Space: Rethinking Persuasion, Position, and Identification
To do or not to do, that is the question—Aristotle’s founding question for political speech or deliberation.1 For in doing, or even not doing, in speech or act, one might make one’s presence known to others, but more than making presence, one also creates the possibilities of position, space, situation, recognition, event, experience, and sundry unknown contingencies. ...
Chapter 2: Performative Deliberation and the Narratable Who
On 26 March 2011, bursting the boundaries between Libyan citizens and Western journalists at the Rixos Hotel, Libyan lawyer Eman al-Obeidi reported her repeated gang rapes, two days of captivity, and assault by fifteen Gaddafi soldiers. She told the foreign press corps, “Look at what Gaddafi’s militia did to me.” ...
Chapter 3: Narrating Rights, Creating Agents: Missing Women in the U.S. Media
Ur-narratives and local discourses constrain deliberations on human rights. If there exist normative declarations to protect rights, it is unclear how these declarations are made into an international will for enacting rights. Political purposes, more than normative justice, may dominate rights deliberations. ...
Chapter 4: The Beauty of Arendt’s Lies: Menchú’s Political Strategy
I sit reading Al Franken’s Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Written on a fellowship at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, this book responds to the lies of the right, exemplified by Ann Coulter’s Slander: Liberal Lies about the American Right. ...
Chapter 5: Voting like a Girl: Declarations, Paradoxes of Deliberation, and Embodied Citizens as a Difference in Kind
In deliberation, there are moments of joint action leading to cultural change, and these moments are part of why “procedure” and “process” are controlling metaphors within much of deliberative theory. The metaphors appeal with their spatiotemporal implications, i.e., a linear timeline, which give one kind of narrative power to descriptions of deliberative events, sequences, and endings. ...