This collection presents theoretical, critical, applied, and pedagogical questions and cases of publics and public spheres, examining these contexts as sources and sites of civic engagement. Reflecting the current state of rhetorical theory and research, the contributions arise from the 2002 conference proceedings of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA). The collected essays bring together rhetoricians of different intellectual stripes in a multi-traditional conversation about rhetoric's place in a democracy. In addition to the wide variety of topics presented at the RSA conference, the volume also includes the papers from the President's Panel, which addressed the rhetoric surrounding September 11, 2001, and its aftermath. Other topics include the rhetorics of cyberpolitical culture, race, citizenship, globalization, the environment, new media, public memory, and more. This volume makes a singular contribution toward improving the understanding of rhetoric's role in civic engagement and public discourse, and will serve scholars and students in rhetoric, political studies, and cultural studies.

chapter |14 pages

Rhetorical Democracy and Civic Engagement

ByGerard A. Hauser

part |53 pages

Plenary Papers

part |35 pages

President's Panel: The Rhetoric of 9/11 and Its Aftermath

part |203 pages

Selected Papers

chapter |8 pages

The Coalition Rhetoric of Rose Schneiderman

ByTimothy Doherty

chapter |6 pages

Identity Across Blood Meridians

ByJay Ellis

chapter |6 pages

Tyrannical Technology and Thin Democracy

ByKen S. McAllister