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A survey of the innovative scholarship emerging at the intersections of rhetoric, and fieldwork

A variety of research areas within rhetorical studies—including everyday and public rhetorics, space and place-based work, material and ecological approaches, environmental communication, technical communication, and critical and participatory action research, among others—have increasingly called for ethnographic fieldwork that grounds the study of rhetoric within the contexts of its use and circulation. Employing field methods more commonly used by ethnographers allows researchers to capture rhetoric in action and to observe the dynamic circumstances that shape persuasion in ordinary life.

Field Rhetoric: Ethnography, Ecology, and Engagement in the Places of Persuasion gathers new essays that describe and theorize this burgeoning transdisciplinary mode of field-based scholarship. Contributors document and support this ethnographic turn in rhetorical studies through sustained examination of the diverse trends, methods, tools, theories, practices, and possibilities for engaging in rhetorical field research.

This fascinating volume offers an introduction to these inquiries and serves as both a practical resource and theoretical foundation for scholars, teachers, and students interested in the intersection of rhetoric and field studies. Editors Candice Rai and Caroline Gottschalk Druschke have assembled scholars working in diverse field sites to map and initiate key debates on the practices, limitations, and value of rhetorical field methods and research. Working synthetically at the junction of rhetorical theory and field practices, the contributors to this collection build from myriad field-based cases to examine diverse theoretical and methodological considerations. The volume also serves as a useful reference for interdisciplinary qualitative researchers interested in doing research from a rhetorical or discursive perspective in various disciplines and fields, such as English, composition, communication, natural resources, geography, sociology, urban planning, anthropology, and more.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. On Being There: An Introduction to Studying Rhetoric in the Field
  2. Candice Rai and Caroline Gottschalk Druschke
  3. pp. 1-21
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  1. Field Methodologies
  1. 1. Agonistic Methodology: A Rhetorical Case Study in Agricultural Stewardship
  2. Caroline Gottschalk Druschke
  3. pp. 22-42
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  1. 2. Historiographic Remembering and Emotional Encounters: Possibilities for Field-Based Rhetorical Research
  2. Heather Brook Adams
  3. pp. 43-60
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  1. 3. What’s a Farm? The Languages of Space and Place
  2. Carl G. Herndl, Sarah Beth Hopton, Lauren Cutlip, Elena Yu Polush, Rick Cruse, and Mack Shelley
  3. pp. 61-94
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  1. 4. Rhetorical Cartographies: (Counter)Mapping Urban Spaces
  2. Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael K. Middleton, and Danielle Endres
  3. pp. 95-119
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  1. Field Ontologies
  1. 5. Bus Trip Named Desire: Doing Fieldwork in the Balkans
  2. Ralph Cintron
  3. pp. 120-147
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  1. 6. Belonging to the World: Rhetorical Fieldwork as Mundane Aesthetic
  2. Bridie McGreavy, Emma Fox, Jane Disney, Chris Petersen, and Laura Lindenfeld
  3. pp. 148-170
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  1. 7 Rhetorical Life among the Ruins
  2. John M. Ackerman
  3. pp. 171-192
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  1. Field Inventions
  1. 8. Fieldwork and the Identification and Assembling of Agencies
  2. Jeffrey T. Grabill, Kendall Leon, and Stacey Pigg
  3. pp. 193-212
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  1. 9. Rhetoric(s) of Urban Public Life
  2. Erin Daina McClellan
  3. pp. 213-230
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  1. 10. Rhetoric, Ethnography, and the Machine: Technological Reflexivity and the Participatory Critic
  2. Aaron Hess
  3. pp. 231-252
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  1. Afterword: Traveling Worlds to Engage Rhetoric’s Perennial Questions
  2. Phaedra C. Pezzullo and Gerard A. Hauser
  3. pp. 253-264
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 265-290
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 291-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-310
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817391997
Related ISBN
9780817319953
MARC Record
OCLC
1048609441
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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