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Standing in the Intersection

Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies

Karma R. Chávez, Cindy L. Griffin, Marsha Houston

Publication Year: 2012

Unpacks the myriad ways rhetorical and communication theories and feminist intersectional approaches impact one another.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vii-viii

This project emerged through our many conversations that transpired during and after coediting a special issue of Women’s Studies in Communication on power feminism. Throughout that journey, we felt a need to continue to strengthen conversations in...

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Foreword: Difficult Dialogues: Intersectionality as Lived Experience

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pp. ix-xiii

At a National Communication Association (NCA) meeting during the 1990s, an Asian American woman colleague greeted me warmly and said, “Marsha, you figure in a lot of people’s mythologies! I’ve just come from a panel where someone was discussing...

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Introduction: Standing at the Intersections of Feminisms, Intersectionality, and Communication Studies

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pp. 1-31

For decades, feminist scholars in communication studies have urged, pushed, and even invited the field of communication to consider the problems inherent in some of its foundational assumptions, values, theories, and methods. As feminist scholars generally...

Part I: Entering the Intersection

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1. Mammies and Matriarchs: Feminine Style and Signifyin(g) in Carol Moseley Braun’s 2003–2004 Campaign for the Presidency

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pp. 35-58

The 2003–2004 race for the Democratic presidential nomination began with a barrage of candidates, which did not bode well for the democrats’ chances at beating George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. Considering the increased rhetorical saliency of...

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2. The Intersectional Style of Free Love Rhetoric

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pp. 59-77

As an oxymoron, feminist rhetorical theory and criticism offers unique opportunities to study how sociocultural constructions of “woman” influence discourse, opinion, policy, and subjectivity. Patriarchy reinforces a condition of lack by socializing women to...

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3. (Im)mobile Metaphors: Toward an Intersectional Rhetorical History

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pp. 78-96

Metaphors not only “structure our experience” but “by organizing reality in particular ways, our selected metaphors also prescribe how we are to act.” As the opening chapter of this volume notes, feminist scholars have long grappled with the figurative...

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4. Placing Sex/Gender at the Forefront: Feminisms, Intersectionality, and Communication Studies

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pp. 97-121

Over the past several decades, scholars in communication studies have incorporated intersectional thinking into our work. Stemming from feminist theorizing, intersectional thinking involves attending to the multiple and intersecting axes of power that form...

Part II: Audiences and Audiencing

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5. Intersecting Audiences: Public Commentary Concerning Audre Lorde’s Speech, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”

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pp. 125-146

In Audre Lorde’s numerous public speeches from the mid-1970s until her death at St. Croix in 1992, she usually described herself as a Black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, poet, and mother. For decades, Lorde lived in New York in an interracial family—initially...

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6. Constitutive Intersectionality and the Affect of Rhetorical Form

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pp. 147-168

Over the past few decades, the incorporation of intersectional approaches into feminist scholarly practice expressed important challenges against orthodox views on power and identity formation. Intersectionality and similar theorizations reconfigured...

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7. Spheres of Influence: The Intersections of Feminism and Transnationalism in Betty Millard’s Woman Against Myth

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pp. 169-188

Stolidly repudiating “special organizations” for communist women, Vladimir Lenin in a 1919 pamphlet trumpeted the prevailing belief that the ideology of communism was gender neutral. He emphasized that all workers were subordinated to their capitalist...

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8. Essentialism, Intersectionality, and Recognition: A Feminist Rhetorical Approach to the Audience

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pp. 189-210

Feminist rhetorical scholars of the past forty years have mobilized around the challenge of women being seen as rightful public subjects with valid political claims. Many feminist rhetoricians argue that this problematic exists because patriarchal social structures...


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pp. 211-214


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pp. 215-217

E-ISBN-13: 9781438444918
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438444895

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2012