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In Defense of Partisan Criticism

Communication Studies, Law, and Social Analysis


Omar Swartz

In Defense of Partisan Criticism is a far-reaching exploration of the legal, philosophical, and rhetorical basis for understanding social justice in the United States. Through a thoughtful investigation of key political, social, and legal events in the history of the United States, Omar Swartz develops a compelling argument for engaged political scholarship by American academics, and offers readers a critical understanding of the place of race and class in American cultural history. Central to this understanding is an awareness of the «communication imagination» – the power of citizens to name the constraints placed upon them by U.S. political and legal institutions and to counter those constraints with narratives constructing a more socially just society based upon a wider sense of human identification and partisan engagement than is currently practiced in the normative U.S. public sphere.
The Author: Omar Swartz earned his doctorate in communication from Purdue University and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law. He is the author of five previously published books and more than sixty essays, book chapters, and reviews. Dr. Swartz teaches in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.