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Crucified Christians, Marked Men, and Wanted Whites: Victimhood and Conservative Counterpublicity

Abstract This dissertation explores the rhetorical significance of persecution claims produced by demonstrably powerful publics in contemporary American culture. This ideological criticism is driven by several related research questions. First, how do members of apparently powerful groups (men, whites, and Christians) come to see themselves as somehow unjustly marginalized, persecuted, or powerless? Second, how are these discourses related to the public sphere and counterpublicity? I argue that, despite startling similarities, these texts studied here are best understood not as counterpublicity but as a strategy of containment available to hegemonic publics. Because these rhetorics of persecution often seek to forestall movements toward pluralism a... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Duerringer, Christopher Michael (Author) / Brouwer, Daniel (Advisor) / Carlson, Cheree (Committee member) / Mcdonald, Kelly (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / Appropriation / Counterpublic / Counterpublicity / Hegemony / Ideology / Victimhood
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 259 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Communication Studies 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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