Rhetorical Dimensions of Forced Migration: Using Transnational Feminist Theory to Make Rhetoric Relevant

McKinnon, Sara
January 2008
Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2008, p1
Conference Paper
The paper offers rhetorical criticism as a useful method to study contexts and experiences of forced migration. Rhetorical research is often critiqued for being too disembodied, too bound in the text to be useful to examine the nuanced dynamics of forced migration contexts. And yet, I argue here that rhetorical analysis—in particular when guided by the theoretical and ethical offerings of transnational feminism—offers an important tool for deep and potentially transgressive readings of the spaces and lived experiences that constitute forced migration. In this essay I first explicate the type of analyses that must emerge from a transnational feminist focus of forced migration. I then apply this analytical focus to the rhetorical project—demonstrating the important intersections for the study of refugee, asylee, economic migrant and IDP contexts that emerge in this nexus of theory and method. ..PAT.-Unpublished Manuscript


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