Disturbing Argument

Disturbing Argument

by Catherine Palczewski

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This edited volume represents the best of the scholarship presented at the 18th National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Conference on Argumentation. This biennial conference brings together a lively group of argumentation scholars from a range of disciplinary approaches and a variety of countries. Disturbing Argument contains selected works that speak both to the disturbing prevalence of violence in the contemporary world and to the potential of argument itself, to disturb the very relations of power that enable that violence. Scholars’ essays analyze a range of argument forms, including body and visual argument, interpersonal and group argument, argument in electoral politics, public argument, argument in social protest, scientific and technical argument, and argument and debate pedagogy. Contributors study argument using a range of methodological approaches, from social scientifically informed studies of interpersonal, group, and political argument to humanistic examinations of argument theory, political discourse, and social protest, to creatively informed considerations of argument practices that truly disturb the boundaries of what we consider argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317652854
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/30/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 451
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Catherine H. Palczewski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, USA, where she also served as the Director of Debate from 1994-2009. She received her B.S., M.A, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University where she also competed in policy debate. She was a member of the 1987 US team, and in 1999 served as coach of the team, that participated in the Committee on International Discussion and Debate tour of Japan. She recently completed her term as co-editor for the American Forensic Association journal Argumentation and Advocacy. Her work has appeared in that journal, as well as in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Studies, NWSA Journal, and The Southern Communication Journal. She received the Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication, the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award, the George Ziegelmueller Outstanding Debate Educator Award, and the Rohrer Award for the Outstanding Publication in Argumentation. Her work tends to focus on how marginalized groups rhetorically construct their messages to gain access to, and be legible in, the dominant public sphere.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Disturbing Argument Catherine Helen Palczewski   Keynote Address Challenging Communities: A Perspective About, From, and By Argumentation Carol Winkler  Spotlight Panel Introduction: Perspectives on Argument Over Fiscal Policy  1. Economic Rationality, Twenty-First Century Style: A Critical Examination of Its Realism, Pragmatic Value, and Ethical Consequences Dennis S. Gouran  2. Informal Logic to the Rescue? Politics and Logic in U.S. Fiscal Debates Leo Groarke  3. Obama on the Affirmative: Sequester Arguments as Policy Debate Sarah T. Partlow-Lefevre  4. The Liberal Public Sphere and the Debt Ceiling Crisis Robert C. Rowland  5. Argumentation from Expert Opinion in the 2011 U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate Jean H. M. Wagemans  Director’s Choice Panel: Playing at and Disturbing the Boundaries of Argument  6. Arguing for Emptiness: Community in the Debate Over Rhetoric and Love Matthew Bost  7. The Willing Choice of Farm Labor in the UFW "Take Our Jobs" Campaign Lisa A. Flores  8. Yarn Bombing and Argument by Aesthetic Appropriation Leslie A. Hahner  9. Arguing Sideways: The 1491s’ I’m an Indian Too Mary E. Stuckey  Body and Visual Argument  10. Toned Arms or Big Butt? Michelle Obama’s Disturbed Notions of Body, Race, Gender, and Advocacy as Let’s Move! Spokesperson Ruth J. Beerman  11. The Progenic Trauma Tattoo as Resignification: Auschwitz 157622, A-15510, 4559, . . . Linda Diane Horwitz, Daniel C. Brouwer  12. Smackdown!  Michelle v. Oprah:  Disturbing Pleasures of the Black Catfight Joan Faber McAlister, Denise Oles-Acevedo  13. Starving to Live: Self-Mutilation as Public Argument in the Colombian Hunger Strikes Ryan Erik McGeough, Danielle Dick McGeough  14. Disturbances to Certainty: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Legality of the "Pregnant Man" Marylou R. Naumoff, Erika M. Thomas  15. Django Unchained and the Undisturbed Frontier Hero Archetype Samuel P. Perry  16. Disturbing Images: Medical Photography of the Bodies of Intersex Individuals Sarah S. Topp  17. The Personal is Not Political: A Public Argument for Privatizing Women’s Sexuality Kate Zittlow Rogness  Interpersonal and Group Argument  18. An Exploration of the Extent to Which Serial Argument Thoughts and Behaviors Are Relationally Disturbing Jennifer L. Bevan, Alexis Della Ripa, Alexandra Boulger, Aryn Tuazon, Chelsea Simmons, Danielle Levine  19. Disturbing Arguments: Treatment Decision Making When a Female Adolescent Confronts Fertility-Threatening Cancer Kathleen M. Galvin, Esther Liu  20. Lessons from Leadership Theory and Research for Maximizing the Value of Argument in Discussions of Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Groups Dennis S. Gouran  21. Argument Engagement under Invitational versus Demanding Conditions Dale Hample, Amanda L. Irions  22. Narrative Argument as Multiple Goal Messages in Interpersonal Deliberation Susan L. Kline  Argument in Electoral Politics  23. The Structure of the Pivot: Disturbing Argument Through Strategic Question Avoidance in Presidential Debate Aaron Dimock  24. Polysemic Argument: Mitt Romney in the 2012 Primary Debates Alexander Hiland  25. A Disturbing Conclusion: The Irrelevance of Evidence Jeffrey W. Jarman  26. Disturbing Argument and Senator Richard Lugar’s Warning against Partisanship John M. Jones  27. Argumentative Trajectories in the War on Women Randall A. Lake, Barbara A. Pickering  28. 100 Million Buttons Can’t be Wrong: Argument in Political Pinback Buttons Arnie Madsen, John Fritch  29. "The Revolution Must Continue": Strategic Maneuvering in Post-Mubarak Egypt Dima Mohammed  30. Disturbing the Conventions of National Political Conventions: Crossover Addresses and Reluctant Testimony Meredith Neville-Shepard  31. Disturbing Democracy: Argumentative Framing and the Third Party Bind in the 2012 Presidential Election Ryan Neville-Shepard  32. Unqualified Support: Joe Biden’s Disturbing Performance of Leadership, Loyalty, and Laughter in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Kathryn M. Olson  33. The Timeliness of the New (Networked) Rhetoric: On Critical Distance, Sentiment Analysis, and Public Feeling Polls Damien S. Pfister  34. Something Funny? The Laughing Joe Biden Meme as Digital Topoi within Political Argumentation Susan A. Sci, David R. Dewberry  35. Third Party Rhetoric and the Constitution of an Audience Philip Tschirhart  36. What "Went Wrong" in the First Obama-Romney Debate? David Zarefsky  Public Argument  37. No Regrets: Public Argument and the Refusal to Apologize Stephen Howard Browne  38. A Heretic of Law: Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift’s Challenge of Executive Authority in the War on Terror Derek Buescher, Kent A. Ono  39. The Non-Nomination of Susan Rice: Disturbing Arguments Grounded in Race and Gender Heidi Hamilton  40. Abraham Lincoln and the Argumentative Style James F. Klumpp  41. Argumentative Dimensions of Pathos: The Patheme in Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address William Mosley-Jensen  Argument in Social Protest  42. Explaining Leonard Peltier’s Failed Clemency Rhetoric Matthew G. Gerber  43. Kristeva, Revolutionary Speech, and the Disturbation of Argument Jeremy R. Grossman, Kelly E. Happe  44. Tweeting the Arab Spring: Argumentative Polylogues in Digital Media Marcin Lewiński and Dima Mohammed  45. Constituting Inclusivity at the Expense of Inclusiveness: The Economic Realities of Local Food Jessica M. Prody  46. Opposing the Already Oppositional: The Westboro Baptist Church, Counter-Protests, and the Limits of Controversy Brian J. Schrader, John J. Rief, Matthew P. Brigham  47. Disturbing Black Nationalism: The Minor Rhetoric of Drew Ali Scott J. Varda  48. Disturbing Community: Conflicting Identities and Citizenship in Japanese American Concentration Camp Newspapers During World War II Kaori Yamada  Argument Over/With/In/Of Drones  49. Drones: Argumentation in a Communication Control Society G. Thomas Goodnight, Gordon R. Mitchell  50. Don’t Fear the Reaper: The Disturbing Case of How Drones Reconfigure Technologies of Deliberation Heather Ashley Hayes  51. Drones, Biopolitics and Visuality: The Aestheticization of the War on Terror Megan D. McFarlane  52. After Honor: On Drones and the Distinguished Warfare Medal Controversy William O. Saas  Scientific and Technical Argument  53. Mommy Instinct: Disturbing the Demarcation of Expertise Lauren Archer  54. Scientific Counterpublics: In Defense of the Environmental Scientist as Public Intellectual Brett Bricker  55. Ignorance, Lesbians, and Medicine: Disturbing the Messages of Safer Sex Valeria Fabj  56. Rationality and Risk: A Pragma-Dialectical Assessment of Bernardo DeBernardinis’s Public Statement on Earthquake Risk in L’Aquila Eileen Hammond, David Cratis Williams  57. "True" Love Waits: The Construction of Facts in Abstinence-Until-Marriage Discourse Casey Ryan Kelly  58. Standards for Scientific Argumentation in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Marcus Paroske  59. Synecdoche as Argumentation Strategy in the Rhetoric of an Autism Advocacy Group Vesta T. Silva, Rachel Avon Whidden  60. Antidepressants and Iatrogenic Suicidality: Disturbing Arguments in the Politics of the Supplement L. Paul Strait, G. Thomas Goodnight  61. Debating Technical Rhetoric in the Public Sphere: Statistical Forecasting and Science Denial in the 2012 Presidential Election Benjamin R. Warner  Argument and Debate Pedagogy  62. Cultural Pedagogy as Motivation and the Role of "Institutional Agents" in Intercollegiate Debate Luis M. Andrade, Jon Bruschke  63. Spectrum of Interrogation: Developing a New Vocabulary for Affirmative Cases in Intercollegiate Policy Debate R. Jarrod Atchison, Edward Panetta  64. Disturbing Categorical Reason in Moral Argumentation Ryan Gillespie  65. Rethinking the History of the Japanese-U.S. Exchange Tour: Early Tours, Early Topics, and Early Traffic Brian Lain  66. Revisiting the U.S. Footprints: A Critical Exploration of Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Policy Debate in Post World War II Japan Satoru Aonuma, Junya Morooka, Kazuhiko Seno  67. What is Educational Debate for?: An Analysis of High School and College Debate in Japanese Popular Culture Noriaki Tajima  68. Shouting, Clapping, and Laughing with the Monks: Toward a Boisterous, Cosmopolitan Argumentation Pedagogy Don Waisanen

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