Josh Prenosil

A proposal for a non-modern rhetoric of social movements

Josh Prenosil

  • School: Purdue University (0183)
  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Date: 2012 pp: 211
  • Advisor: Johnson-Sheehan, Richard
  • Source: DAI-A 74/03(E)
  • Subjects: Language, literature and linguistics; Social sciences; Activism; Actor-network theory; Agency; Latour, Bruno; Rhetoric; Social movements; Social structure;
  • ProQuest Document Number: 1223501822
  • ISBN: 9781267746610
  • UMI Number: AAT 3544348

Abstract:

Rhetorical scholars in social movement studies have called for a theory that might explain the material-semiotic agency of people and technologies working in concert to effect change. This dissertation proposes Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory (ANT) as theory that meets this call. ANT allows rhetorical scholars to analyze distributed agency, and it evinces ideological congruence with contemporary rhetoric and composition. Further, ANT is a rhetoric of inartistic proofs that investigates the available means of establishing co-agency. Rhetoricians who study social movements via empirical, hermeneutic, and mixed methods might use ANT to develop reciprocally beneficial knowledge with community and activist groups and produce additional frameworks for rhetorical scholarship.