Chaput, Catherine / Braun, M. J. / Brown, Danika M. (eds.)
Rhetoric and the Political Economy of Social Control
Year of Publication: 2010
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XIV, 290 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0586-9 hardback (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4331-0585-2 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.600 kg, 1.323 lbs
- SFR 36.00
- €* 32.10
- €** 33.00
- € 30.00
- £ 24.00
- US$ 38.95
- SFR 120.00
- €* 107.00
- €** 110.00
- € 100.00
- £ 80.00
- US$ 129.95
» Currency of invoice
* includes VAT – valid for Germany and EU customers without VAT Reg No
** includes VAT - only valid for Austria
Throughout the political spectrum, successful arguments often rely on fear appeals, whether implicit or explicit. Dominant arguments prey on people's fears - of economic failure, cultural backwardness, or lack of personal safety. Counterarguments feed on other fears, suggesting that audiences are being duped by emotional smokescreens. With chapters on the political, institutional, and cultural manifestations of fear, this book offers diverse investigations into how insecurity and the search for certainty shape contemporary political economic decisions, and explores how the rhetorical manipulation of such fears illuminates a larger struggle for social control.
Contents: M.J. Braun/Danika M. Brown/Catherine Chaput: Preface: An Invitation to Entertain Fear - Catherine Chaput: Introduction: Fear, Affective Energy, and the Political Economy of Global Capitalism - M.J. Braun: Electing Empire: Systemic Chaos and the Fear of Falling - Kevin Douglas Kuswa: Blow Back the Enemy T/here: Errors, Terrors, and the Rhetorical Agenda of WMDs - Mark A. Gring: We Have Nothing to Fear but...: A Rhetorical Analysis of Fear in Post-9/11 Sermons - Paul Burkhardt: Fear of Fire and Hope for Jobs: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Development in the Political Ecology of Wildfire - Danika M. Brown: Upwardly Mobile by Degrees: Higher Education and the Rhetorics of Fear - Amy J. Wan: Boundaries of Citizenship: Undocumented Workers and Temporary Work Policies in the United States - Zoe Hammer: The Architecture of Fear: Common Sense and The U.S.-Mexico Border Wall - Cynthia Duquette Smith: Art, Apprehension, and the Gated Community: Thomas Kinkade's «Village» - Cristina Hanganu-Bresch: The Mall of America: Consumption in the Social Wilderness - Kat McLellan: «Is THAT what they are so afraid of?»: The Popular Media and Pro-Anorexia Websites - Angela Crow: Transnational Remembering: Navigating Fear and Racism, Shame and Nostalgia - Michael William Pfau: Conclusion: Contextualizing Fear in History, Scholarship, and the Economy of Affect.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editors: Catherine Chaput is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses in rhetoric and critical theory. Her research focuses on the relationship between rhetoric and political economy as it manifests within particular social, cultural, and political texts. She recently published Inside the Teaching Machine.
M. J. Braun is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and composition. Her most recent research is in rhetoric and political economy, and how they interpenetrate in the rhetoric of propaganda. She has published in JAC and WPA and is currently working on a textbook on the rhetoric of propaganda.
Danika M. Brown is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Pan American, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and composition. She researches primarily in the areas of critical pedagogy and critical theories of rhetoric and has published in JAC as well as WPA. Her current project is an analysis of the discourses of crime solving and crime prevention in contemporary United States society.
Frontiers in Political Communication. Vol. 18
General Editors: Lynda Lee Kaid and Bruce Gronbeck