Rationality and environmental justice: the visual rhetoric of a culture at risk

dc.contributor.advisor Helen Ewald
dc.contributor.author Bowers, Tom
dc.contributor.department English
dc.date 2018-08-24T23:48:27.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T08:07:13Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T08:07:13Z
dc.date.copyright Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2005
dc.date.issued 2005-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Scholars in rhetoric have recently sought to expand their understanding of social movements and the public sphere by integrating studies of visual rhetoric. For scholars exploring the rhetoric of social movements and the public sphere, the environmental movement provides a fruitful avenue of research by which to consider the role of visual rhetoric in changing social consciousness. Drawing on a methodology that views social movements through a rhetorical lens, I explore how the visual rhetoric of the environmental justice movement challenges corporate practices and discourses that shape public perceptions of sustainable development and industry's commitment to open communication. In its efforts to redefine public understanding of sustainability, the environmental justice movement employs visual rhetoric to contend that industry's concerns for economic growth and profitability far outweigh its concerns for environmental stewardship. In its efforts to redefine public understanding of industry's commitment to open communication, the environmental justice movement employs visual rhetoric to illustrate how industry's notion of open communication constructs a public that is rhetorically ill-equipped to question industry's practices and successfully participate in public policy discussions. While the visual rhetoric of the environmental justice movement may redefine public consciousness with respect to sustainability and open communcation, the movement's visual rhetoric is nonetheless limited in its ability to fully promote public action to change these practices because the visual rhetoric examined in this study differs from the images of a culture accustomed to what Szasz refers to as "images of disorder." Therefore, an analysis of the effectiveness of a movement's visual rhetoric must take into account the ways in which various institutional practices and discourses shape a culture's habits of vision, habits which can erode the effectiveness of certain visual rhetoric. Scholars in rhetoric seeking to expand their understanding of social movements and the public sphere by integrating studies of visual rhetoric must therefore consider how a movement's visual rhetoric challenges and redefines the practices and discourses which construct a culture's habits of vision.</p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 2834
dc.identifier.contextkey 6105715
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16440
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dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/72264
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.disciplines Environmental Sciences
dc.subject.disciplines Rhetoric and Composition
dc.subject.disciplines Speech and Rhetorical Studies
dc.subject.keywords English
dc.subject.keywords Rhetoric and professional communication
dc.title Rationality and environmental justice: the visual rhetoric of a culture at risk
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dc.type.genre dissertation
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thesis.degree.level dissertation
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
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