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Understanding African American Rhetoric Classical Origins to Contemporary Innovations

ISBN-10: 0415943876
ISBN-13: 9780415943871
Edition: 2003
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Description: Offering a comprehensive survey of African-American rhetoric within a broad historical context, this volume explores the major cultural & theoretical issues within the field. Distinct African American rhetorical traditions such as signifyin',  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Offering a comprehensive survey of African-American rhetoric within a broad historical context, this volume explores the major cultural & theoretical issues within the field. Distinct African American rhetorical traditions such as signifyin', dozens, & call-and-response are examined.

Ronald L. Jackson II (Ph. D., Howard University) is Associate Professor of Culture and Communication Theory in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of The Negotiation of Cultural Identitynbsp; (Praeger Press), Think About It! (Iuniverse.com), African American Communication: Identity and Culture (with Michael Hecht and Sidney Ribeau; Erlbaum Publishers).nbsp; Forthcoming are five books entitled: African American Rhetorics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Elaine Richardson; Southern Illinois University Press); Scripting the Black Masculine Body in Popular Media: Identity, Discourse and Racial Politics in Popular Media (SUNY Press), Essential Readings in African American Communication Studies and Understanding African American Rhetoric (with Elaine Richardson).nbsp; Dr. Jackson's theory work includes the development of two paradigms coined "cultural contracts theory" and "black masculine identity theory." nbsp;

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Classical Egyptian Origins of African American Rhetoric
Nommo, Kawaida, and Communicative Practice: Bringing Good into the World
The Spiritual Essence of African American Rhetoric
Manifestations of African American Rhetoric and Orality
African American Orality: Expanding Rhetoric
"Jesus is a Rock": Spirituals as Lived Experience
The Use of Public Space as Cultural Communicator: How Museums Reconstruct and Reconnect Cultural Memory
Politics of Defining African American Rhetoric
The Word at Work: Ideological and Epistemological Dynamics in African American Rhetoric
The Politics of (In)visibility in African American Rhetorical Scholarship: A (Re)quest for an African Worldview
Afrocentricity as Metatheory: A Dialogic Exploration of Its Principles
African American Rhetorical Analyses of Struggle and Resistance
Africological Theory and Criticism: Reconceptualizing Communication Constructs
Every Man Fights for His Freedom: The Rhetoric of African American Resistance in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
"The Duty of the Civilized Is to Civilize the Uncivilized": Tropes of Black Nationalism in the Messages of Five Percent Rappers
Death Narratives from the Killing Fields: Narrative Criticism and the Case of Tupac Shakur
Trends and Innovations in Analyzing Contemporary African American Rhetoric
Lauryn Hill as Lyricist and Womanist
The Kink Factor: A Womanist Discourse Analysis of African American Mother/Daughter Perspectives on Negotiating Black Hair/Body Politics
An Afrocentric Rhetorical Analysis of Johnnie Cochran's Closing Argument in the O.J. Simpson Trial
Afrocentric Rhetoric Transcending Audiences and Contexts: A Case Study of Preacher and Politician Emanuel Cleaver II
Visions for Research in African American Rhetoric
The Future of African American Rhetoric
The Discourse of African American Women: A Case for Extended Paradigms
About the Contributors
Index

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