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Image Politics: The New Rhetoric of Environmental Activism

Image Politics: The New Rhetoric of Environmental Activism


"Kevin DeLuca sets out on a brave quest to understand the social forces unleashed in the postmodern age, as mediated reality constantly postures as Real Reality. Image Politics shows how the earth itself is given voice--a multiplicity of voices, actually--as environmentalists, capitalists, and the press do battle in the public square. DeLuca is a reliable guide to the resulting political fury." --Roderick P. Hart, Liddell Professor of Communication and Government, University of Texas at Austin
"DeLuca offers a penetrating reading of image events and their centrality in the rhetoric of new social movements. Using detailed case studies drawn from environmental activism, DeLuca analyzes 'imagefare' as an inevitable component of the struggle over the meaning of . This book will be useful reading for students of rhetoric and media studies." --Dilip Gaonkar, PhD, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

About the Author

, PhD, has taught at the University of Virginia and the and is currently an assistant professor of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. His major area of interest is how industrial cultures relate to the natural world and construct visions of "nature." He has published articles on environmental politics, technology, the media, and postmodernism.

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Preface 1. Making Waves Meditation I 2. The Rhetoric of Social Movements: A Theoretical Diagnostics and Overhaul 3. Meditation II 4. The Possibilities of Nature in a Postmodern Age: The Case of Environmental Justice Groups Meditation III 5. Participatory Democracy in Enemy Territory 6. Audiences, Dissemination, and Contexts: Rereading "War in the Woods" 7. Rhetoric and Social Change in a Postmodern Context

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