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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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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at

This work was supported by the Rhetoric Society of Poland in accordance with contract 892/P-DUN/2015.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Kampka, Agnieszka, 1976- editor. | Molek-Kozakowska, Katarzyna, editor.

Title: Rhetoric, knowledge and the public sphere / Agnieszka Kampka ; Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska (eds.)

Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, [2016] | Series: Studies in Language, Culture and Society ; Volume 8

Identifiers: LCCN 2016018686| ISBN 9783631666333 (Print) | ISBN 9783653059502 (E-Book)

Subjects: LCSH: Communication models. | Rhetoric--Social aspects. | Information society--Social aspects. | Knowledge economy--Social aspects. | Discourse analysis--Social aspects. | Critical discourse analysis. | Speech acts (Linguistics)

Classification: LCC P93.55 .R53 2016 | DDC 808--dc23 LC record available at

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