“A graduate course in composition studies would make good use of the book because of the author's very careful and thorough comparison of composition studies and speech communication…. The book does indeed make an important contribution to the field; if students speak or write, what should they speak or write about? Scholarship of Social Influence offers important suggestions for empowering students not just as speakers or writers, but as citizens as well.” -Bill Bolin, Texas State University When human knowledge becomes historicized and socialized, the distinctions between our public, academic, and instructional personae fade. In place of such traditional personae, a new identity is encouraged for scholars in the field of communication. Scholarship of Social Influence redescribes our understanding of theory, criticism, and pedagogy with the vocabulary of neo-pragmatism and successfully argues that rhetorical scholars can assume a cultural importance in life. This ingenious volume describes where philosophy ends and application begins and will be well-received by researchers, upper-level students and professionals in rhetoric, communication studies, cultural studies, and sociology.

The Pedagogical Implications of a Critical Rhetoric

The pedagogical implications of a critical rhetoric

In the preceding chapters, I argued that a social and neo-pragmatist emphasis in our disciplinary scholarship politicizes and vitalizes our work as rhetorical scholars. By focusing our scholarship on how ideology influences society and contributes to detrimental social relationships, we are empowered as scholars to engage in praxis.

Now that I have explained the theoretical and practical implications of a social “turn” for our discipline in terms of “theory” and “criticism,” I develop a critique and redescription of our pedagogical practices. Specifically, I argue that the teaching of rhetorical studies can be reconceptualized as the teaching of cultural critique. In other words, students in our classes can be encouraged to engage the cultural, ...

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