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Democracy, Deliberation, and Education

by Robert Asen Penn State University Press (July 28, 2015)

The local school board is one of America’s enduring venues of lay democracy at work. In Democracy, Deliberation, and Education, Robert Asen takes the pulse of this democratic exemplar through an in-depth study...


In a Rebellious Spirit

by John P. Reid Penn State University Press (January 01, 1979)

A fresh view of the legal arguments leading to the American Revolution, this book argues that rebellious acts called "lawless" mob action by British authorities were sanctioned by "whig law" in the eyes of the...


The Violence of Victimhood

by Diane Enns Penn State University Press (March 05, 2012)

We know that violence breeds violence. We need look no further than the wars in the western Balkans, the genocide in Rwanda, or the ongoing crisis in Israel and Palestine. But we don’t know how to deal with...


America's New Working Class

by Kathleen R. Arnold Penn State University Press (December 20, 2007)

Today’s political controversy over immigration highlights the plight of the working class in this country as perhaps no other issue has recently done. The political status of immigrants exposes the power dynamics...


The Politics of Resentment

by Jeremy Engels Penn State University Press (May 29, 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...


Voting Deliberatively

by Mary E. Stuckey Penn State University Press (April 20, 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...


Posters for Peace

by Thomas W. Benson Penn State University Press (May 04, 2015)

By the spring of 1970, Americans were frustrated by continuing war in Vietnam and turmoil in the inner cities. Students on American college campuses opposed the war in growing numbers and joined with other citizens...


From Apartheid to Democracy

by Katherine Elizabeth Mack Penn State University Press (November 11, 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...


Collective Courage

by Jessica Gordon Nembhard Penn State University Press (April 11, 2014)

In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Not since W. E. B. Du Bois’s...


Deliberative Acts

by Arabella Lyon Penn State University Press (April 26, 2013)

The twenty-first century is characterized by the global circulation of cultures, norms, representations, discourses, and human rights claims; the arising conflicts require innovative understandings of decision...


Constitutive Visions

by Christa J. Olson Penn State University Press (November 15, 2013)

In Constitutive Visions, Christa Olson presents the rhetorical history of republican Ecuador as punctuated by repeated arguments over national identity. Those arguments—as they advanced theories of citizenship,...


Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

by Christian Kock & Lisa Villadsen Penn State University Press (September 04, 2012)

Citizenship has long been a central topic among educators, philosophers, and political theorists. Using the phrase “rhetorical citizenship” as a unifying perspective, Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation...


The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy

by Lyn Carson, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp & Ron Lubensky Penn State University Press (August 26, 2013)

Growing numbers of scholars, practitioners, politicians, and citizens recognize the value of deliberative civic engagement processes that enable citizens and governments to come together in public spaces and...


The Evolving Citizen

by Jay P. Childers Penn State University Press (August 15, 2012)

It has become a common complaint among academics and community leaders that citizens today are not what they used to be. Nowhere is this decline seen to be more troubling than when the focus is on young Americans....


American Immigration After 1996

by Kathleen R. Arnold Penn State University Press (August 09, 2011)

Few topics generate as much heated public debate in the United States today as immigration across our southern border. Two positions have been staked out, one favoring the expansion of guest-worker programs...


Decolonizing Democracy

by Christine Keating Penn State University Press (July 28, 2011)

Most democratic theorists have taken Western political traditions as their primary point of reference, although the growing field of comparative political theory has shifted this focus. In Decolonizing Democracy...


Before the Revolution

by Victoria González-Rivera Penn State University Press (July 28, 2011)

Those who survived the brutal dictatorship of the Somoza family have tended to portray the rise of the women’s movement and feminist activism as part of the overall story of the anti-Somoza resistance. But...


The Truman Administration and Bolivia

by Glenn J. Dorn Penn State University Press (December 20, 2011)

The United States emerged from World War II with generally good relations with the countries of Latin America and with the traditional Good Neighbor policy still largely intact. But it wasn’t too long before...


Paying Attention to Foreign Affairs

by Thomas Knecht Penn State University Press (December 22, 2010)

Do American presidents consider public opinion when making foreign policy decisions? In a democracy, it is generally assumed that citizen preferences inform public policy. For a variety of reasons, however,...


Blacks and the Quest for Economic Equality

by James W. Button, Barbara A. Rienzo & Sheila L. Croucher Penn State University Press (August 04, 2009)

The civil rights movement of the 1960s improved the political and legal status of African Americans, but the quest for equality in employment and economic well-being has lagged behind. Blacks are more than twice...


Sustaining Civil Society

by Philip Oxhorn Penn State University Press (November 15, 2011)

“South America is not the poorest continent in the world, but it may very well be the most unjust.” This statement by Ricardo Lagos, then president of Chile, at the Summit of the Americas in January 2004...


Human Rights and Memory

by Daniel Lévy & Natan Sznaider Penn State University Press (August 10, 2010)

Memories of historical events like the Holocaust have played a key role in the internationalization of human rights. Their importance lies in their ability to bridge the universal and the particular—the universality...


Can Globalization Promote Human Rights?

by Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann Penn State University Press (June 29, 2010)

Globalization has affected everyone’s lives, and the reactions to it have been mixed. Legal scholars and political scientists tend to emphasize its harmful aspects, while economists tend to emphasize its benefits....


Post-transitional Justice

by Cath Collins Penn State University Press (July 30, 2010)

Latin America is still dealing with the legacy of terror and torture from its authoritarian past. In the years after the restoration of democratic governments in countries where violations of human rights were...


Democratic Professionalism

by Albert W. Dzur Penn State University Press (March 28, 2008)

Bringing expert knowledge to bear in an open and deliberative way to help solve pressing social problems is a major concern today, when technocratic and bureaucratic decision making often occurs with little...


Crafting Peace

by Caroline A. Hartzell & Matthew Hoddie Penn State University Press (June 25, 2007)

The recent efforts to reach a settlement of the enduring and tragic conflict in Darfur demonstrate how important it is to understand what factors contribute most to the success of such efforts. In this book,...


Vulnerability and Human Rights

by Bryan S. Turner Penn State University Press (August 10, 2006)

The mass violence of the twentieth century’s two world wars—followed more recently by decentralized and privatized warfare, manifested in terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and other localized forms of killing—has...


Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America

by Dave Tell Penn State University Press (September 25, 2012)

Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America revolutionizes how we think about confession and its ubiquitous place in American culture. It argues that the sheer act of labeling a text...


Authority Figures

by Torrey Shanks Penn State University Press (October 23, 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...


Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics

by Damien Smith Pfister Penn State University Press (November 04, 2014)

In Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics, Damien Pfister explores communicative practices in networked media environments, analyzing, in particular, how the blogosphere has changed the conduct and coverage of...