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Rhetoric, Knowledge and the Public Sphere


Edited By Agnieszka Kampka and Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska

Public deliberation depends on how skillful communicators are in establishing their version of what is known to be publicly acceptable. This volume provides rhetorical analyses of institutional websites, political speeches, scientific presentations, journalistic accounts or visual entertainment. It shows the significance of rhetorical construction of knowledge in the public sphere. It addresses the issues of citizenship and social participation, media agendas, surveillance and verbal or visual manipulation. It offers rhetorical critiques of current trends in specialist communication and of devices used when contested interests or ideologies are presented.
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Ludmilla A’Beckett (PhD) is research fellow at the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment of University of the Free State, South Africa. Her main research fields are cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis. She analyses Post-Soviet discourse and intercultural communication between former Soviet Republics. Multimodality, linguistic approaches to literature and language policy are also among her research interests. E-mail:

Bas Andeweg (PhD) is assistant professor at the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He is an active researcher on various aspects of oral communication. E-mail:

Ove Bergersen is associate professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway. His main research interests are early childhood education and care, child language, multilingualism, rhetoric and rhetorical citizenship, including rhetorical perspectives on children’s language acquisition.–11198.html; E-mail:

Maureen Daly Goggin works at Arizona State University, USA. Her research can be divided into four strands: history of rhetoric; visual rhetoric and material culture; discursively constructed racial, gendered, and sexual identities; and writing pedagogy held together by a common scholarly interest in the ways in which discursive practices are created, circulated, taught, and learned, and the interdynamic roles they play in creating personal, social, political, economic, and cultural identities. E-mail:

Markus Gottschling received his M.A. in German Literature, English Literature and Rhetoric in 2011. Since then he has been a member of the Presentation Research Center at the Department of...

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