New in our Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique series!

Recent protests around the world (such as the Arab Spring uprisings and Occupy Wall Street movements) have drawn renewed interest to the study of social change and, especially, to the manner in which words, images, events, and ideas associated with protestors can “move the social.” What Democracy Looks Like is an attempt to foster a more coherent understanding of social change amoung scholars of rhetoric and communication studies by juxtaposing the ideas of social movements and counterpublics—historically two key factors significant in the study of social change. Foust, Pason, and Zittlow Rogness’s volume compiles the voices of leading and new scholars who are contributing to the history, application, and new directions of these two concepts, all in conversation with a number of acts of resistance or social change.

The theories of social movements and counterpublics are related but distinct. Social movement theories tend to be concerned with enacting policy and legislative changes. Scholars flying this flag have concentrated on the organization and language (for example, rallies and speeches) that are meant to enact social change. Counterpublic theory, on the other hand, focuses less on policy changes and more on the unequal distribution of power and resources among different protest groups, which is sometimes synonymous with subordinated identity groups such as race, gender, sexuality, and class. Nonetheless, contributors argue that in recent years the distinctions between these two methods have become less evident. By putting the literatures of the two theories in conversation with one another, these scholars seek to promote and imagine social change outside the typical binaries.

Christina R. Foust
is an associate professor and chair of communication studies at the University of Denver and is the author of Transgression as a Mode of Resistance.

Amy Pason is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication and ephemera.

Kate Zittlow Rogness teaches at Hamline University. Her work has appeared in First Amendment Studies and the Western Journal of Communication.

What Democracy Looks Like enables a kind of time travel by presenting for contemporary scholars a legacy of movement studies that may have been forgotten or ignored. Continuing through the present, the contributors present innovative studies that promise a bright future for scholarship on these topics.”
—Robert Asen, author of Democracy, Deliberation, and Education

“This collection, featuring prominent authors in the field, usefully puts literatures in the areas of social movement and counterpublic studies (with its unique focus on circulation) in conversation with one another. This work is urgently needed as we try to understand not only how movement participants are working but also to articulate new ways of being in the world.”
—Dana L. Cloud, author of Control and Consolation in American Culture and Politics: Rhetorics of Therapy

Daniel C. Brouwer / Elizabeth Brunner / Bernadette Marie Calafell / Catherine Chaput / Karma R. Chávez / Kevin Michael DeLuca / Christina R. Foust / Joshua S. Hanan / Kelsey Harr-Lagin / Dawn Marie D. McIntosh / Raymie E. McKerrow / Catherine Helen Palczewski / Amy Pason / Mary-Louise Paulesc / Kate Zittlow Rogness

Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique
John Louis Lucaites, series editor

296 pages / 3 B&W figures
ISBN: 978-0-8173-5893-8 Paper
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9118-8 Ebook

New in our Religion and American Culture Series!

In Unity in Christ and Country: American Presbyterians in the Revolutionary Era, 1758-1801, William Harrison Taylor investigates the American Presbyterian Church’s pursuit of Christian unity and demonstrates how, through this effort, the church helped to shape the issues that gripped the American imagination, including evangelism, the conflict with Great Britain, slavery, nationalism, and sectionalism. When the colonial Presbyterian Church reunited in 1758, a nearly twenty-year schism was brought to an end. To aid in reconciling the factions, church leaders called for Presbyterians to work more closely with other Christian denominations. Their ultimate goal was to heal divisions—not just within their own faith but also within colonial North America as a whole.

Taylor contends that a selfimposed interdenominational transformation began in the American Presbyterian Church upon its reunion in 1758. However, this process was altered by the church’s experience during the American Revolution, which resulted in goals of Christian unity that had both spiritual and national objectives. Nonetheless, by the end of the century, even as the leaders in the Presbyterian Church strove for unity in Christ and country, fissures began to develop in the church that would one day divide it and further the sectional rift that would lead to the Civil War.

Taylor engages a variety of sources, including the published and unpublished works of both the Synods of New York and Philadelphia and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, as well as numerous published and unpublished Presbyterian sermons, lectures, hymnals, poetry, and letters. Scholars of religious history, particularly those interested in the Reformed tradition, and specifically Presbyterianism, should find Unity in Christ and Country useful as a way to consider the importance of the theology’s intellectual and pragmatic implications for members of the faith.

William Harrison Taylor
is an associate professor of history at Alabama State University and the coeditor of Faith and Slavery in the Presbyterian Diaspora.

Unity in Christ and Country presents a persuasive argument about the importance of internal Presbyterian development for broader American history, as well as for the history of this one Christian denomination.”
—Mark A. Noll, author of Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction and In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783 and coeditor of Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of North American Protestantism

Religion and American Culture
John M. Giggie and Charles A. Israel, series editors

200 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1945-8 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9088-4 Ebook

New! “A War of Words: The Rhetorical Leadership of Jefferson Davis”

Numerous biographies of Jefferson Davis have been penned; however, until now, there had been no substantive analysis of his public discourse as president of the Confederacy. R. Jarrod Atchison’s A War of Words uses concepts from rhetorical theory and public address to help answer a question that has intrigued scholars from a variety of disciplines since the collapse of the Confederacy: what role, if any, did Davis play in the collapse of Confederate nationalism?

Most discussions of Davis and nationalism focus on the military outcomes of his controversial wartime decisions. A War of Words focuses less on military outcomes and argues instead that, in the context of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis’s rhetorical leadership should have been responsible for articulating a vision for the nation—including the core tenets of its identity, the values the nation should hold dear, the principles it should never compromise, and the goals it should set for its future. Undoubtedly, Davis possessed the skills necessary to make a persuasive public argument. It is precisely because Davis’s oratory skills were so powerful that there is room to judge how he used them. In short, being a great orator is not synonymous with successful rhetorical leadership.

Atchison posits that Davis’s initial successes constrained his rhetorical options later in the war. A War of Words concludes that, in the end, Davis’s rhetorical leadership was a failure because he was unable to articulate a coherent Confederate identity in light of the sacrifices endured by the populace in order to sustain the war effort.

R. Jarrod Atchison is an associate professor of communication at Wake Forest University.

A War of Words explores an under-studied aspect of Jefferson Davis’s leadership, his ability (or lack thereof ) to inspire and mobilize audiences through his crafting of rhetorical appeals. This book should be valuable to students of the history of American public discourse, scholars of the Civil War era, advanced rhetorical critics, and those interested in Southern rhetoric and public address.”
—David Zarefsky, author of Lincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate

“Atchison does an excellent job of delving into how and why Davis’s speeches often failed to achieve their goals—and why Davis’s rhetorical aims were often off the mark and unsuccessful. Many of the author’s insights and evaluation of Davis’s rhetoric will help students of the Civil War era understand more about the context and history of the time, and, indeed, more about Davis himself.”
—W. Stuart Towns, author of Enduring Legacy: Rhetoric and Ritual of the Lost Cause

136 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1940-3 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-9116-4 Ebook