Peaceful Persuasion: The Geopolitics of Nonviolent Rhetoric

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Offers a conceptual foundation for nonviolent rhetoric.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791460276
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Series: SUNY series in Communication Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen W. Gorsevski has taught at Oregon State University, at The Pennsylvania State University, and at Washington State University.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures


Foreword by Tom H. Hastings


1. Everyday Peacemaking: Nonviolent Communication and Rhetoric

The Purpose of This Book
The Problem Defined
Tools for Analyzing Nonviolence

2. Rhetoric, Media, and Public Relations: Evolving Nonviolent Communication with Rhetorical Theory

Rhetoric in the Service of Social Knowledge
Engaging the Media Rhetorically
Public Relations and the Peace Movement
International Media and Nonviolence

3. Peace and Pedagogy: The Case for Recognizing Nonviolence in the Speech Communication Curriculum

Defining Peace and Nonviolence as Aspects of Speech Communication
Why Peace and Nonviolence Is Missing from the Speech Communication Curriculum
A Rationale for Teaching Peace and Nonviolence in the Classroom
Some Preliminary Conclusions

4. The Spitfire Grill: Nonviolence as Social Power

Rediscovering Nonviolence
A Nonviolent Reading of Film
The Difference Between Nonviolence and Pacifism
Critics' Reviews
Structural Violence
The Issue of "Believability" in Nonviolence and Violence
Some Conclusions about Nonviolence in Film

5. The Politics of Nonviolent Pragmatism: Kiro Gligorov at the United Nations

Gligorov the Peacemaker
Theoretical Significance of Nonviolent Rhetoric
Cross-Cultural Rhetoric at the United Nations
Historical Background
Gligorov’s Rhetorical Ace: "The Nightmare Scenario"
Prospects for Peace

6. Nonviolence in Pink: The Visual Rhetoric of Aung San Suu Kyi

Essentializing and Nonviolent Theory
Picture Theory and Spectacle
Aung San Suu Kyi
Nonviolent Rhetoric in Visual Form
Engendering Democracy
Conclusion: Metapictures in Nonterritorial Democracy

7. A Rhetorical Climate: The Power of Hope in Big Sky Country

The Problem with Situation
Climate: Concept Definition and Supporting Data
"Rhetoric as a Way of Being:" The Experience of Hate Crimes
The Case: A Changing Climate in Big Sky Country
Discussion: Utility of Rhetorical Climate Construct

8. Conclusion: Toward a Theory of Nonviolent Rhetoric

Informing Rhetorical Theory with Nonviolent Theory
Transforming Perceptions of Possible Peace through Rhetorical Means

APPENDIX 1. Rhetoric and Nonviolence

Forms of Nonviolent Rhetoric
Rhetoric as True Nonviolent Action
Presumed Peacemakers

APPENDIX 2. Address of Kiro Gligorov to the UN General Assembly, 30 September 1993 (Official UN Translation)

APPENDIX 3. Early History of Macedonia


Works Cited


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