BOOKS RECEIVED: Albro, et al., eds., “Anthropologists in the SecurityScape: Ethics, Practice, and Professional Identity” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
As the military and intelligence communities re-tool for the 21st century, the long and contentious debate about the role of social scientists in national security environments is dividing the disciplines with renewed passion. Yet, research shows that most scholars have… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Katherine Elizabeth Mack, “From Apartheid to Democracy: Deliberating Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa” (Penn State UP, 2014)
South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings can be considered one of the most significant rhetorical events of the late twentieth century. The TRC called language into action, tasking it with promoting understanding among a divided people and facilitating… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jeremy Engels, “The Politics of Resentment: A Genealogy” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In the days and weeks following the tragic 2011 shooting of nineteen Arizonans, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there were a number of public discussions about the role that rhetoric might have played in this horrific event. In question was the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Torrey Shanks, “Authority Figures: Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke’s Political Thought” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the essential but largely unappreciated place of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical thought. Locke’s well-known hostility to rhetoric has obscured an important debt to figural and inventive language. Here, Shanks traces… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Mary E. Stuckey, “Voting Deliberatively: FDR and the 1936 Presidential Campaign” (Penn State UP, 2015)
The 1932 election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt seemed to hold the promise of Democratic domination for years to come. However, leading up to the 1936 election, persistent economic problems, a controversial domestic agenda, and the perception of a weak foreign… Read More
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