Hardback
July 13, 2012
9781611170764
English
283
9.25 Inches (US)
6.25 Inches (US)
1.3 Pounds (US)
$51.99 USD
v2.1 Reference
Paperback / softback
December 18, 2013
9781611174380
English
9.25 Inches (US)
6.25 Inches (US)
.95 Pounds (US)
$36.99 USD
v2.1 Reference

Prisoners of Conscience

Moral Vernaculars of Political Agency

Prisoners of Conscience continues the work begun by Gerard A. Hauser in Vernacular Voices: The Rhetoric of Publics and Public Spheres, winner of the National Communication Association's Hochmuth Nichols Award. In his new book, Hauser examines the discourse of political prisoners, specifically the discourse of prisoners of conscience, as a form of rhetoric in which the vernacular is the main source of available appeals and the foundation for political agency.

Hauser explores how modes of resistance employed by these prisoners constitute what he deems a "thick moral vernacular" rhetoric of human rights. Hauser's work considers in part how these prisoners convert universal commitments to human dignity, agency, and voice into the moral vernacular of the society and culture to which their rhetoric is addressed.

Hauser grounds his study through a series of case studies, each centered on a different rhetorical mechanism brought to bear in the act of resistance. Through a transnational rhetorical analysis of resistance within political prisons, Hauser brings to bear his skills as a rhetorical theorist and critic to illuminate the rhetorical power of resistance as tied to core questions in contemporary humanistic scholarship and public concern.

About the Author

Gerard A. Hauser is a College Professor of Distinction in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder. Editor of the journal Philosophy and Rhetoric, Hauser is the author of Introduction to Rhetorical Theory and Vernacular Voices: The Rhetoric of Publics and Public Spheres.

Reviews

"The prisoner of conscience has much to tell us. In the name of moving beyond the limits of traditional human rights doctrine, it behooves us to listen. In this ground-breaking and altogether important work, Gerard Hauser discovers a moral vernacular that sheds new light on the human condition and the place of human rights in public life. A call to hear the terms and power of "ordinary virtue" in the midst of evil, Hauser's book is a timely and sophisticated mediation on the possibility of human solidarity. Its challenge to think human rights as a discourse that works outside the fold of law's founding exception deserves careful consideration and will surely inform the work of scholars in rhetoric, political theory, legal studies, and international relations."—Erik Doxtader

9781611170764 : prisoners-of-conscience-hauser
Hardback
283 Pages
$51.99 USD
9781611174380 : prisoners-of-conscience-hauser
Paperback / softback
$36.99 USD

Other Titles by Gerard A. Hauser

Vernacular Voices, second edition

Gerard A. Hauser, foreword by Phaedra C. Pezzullo
Jan 2022 - University of South Carolina Press
$32.99 USD - Paperback / softback
$32.99 USD - Electronic book text

The Public Work of Rhetoric

edited by John M. Ackerman, David J. Coogan, foreword by Gerard A. Hauser
May 2013 - University of South Carolina Press
$31.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Studies in Rhetoric/Communication

Rhetoric in Ancient China, Fifth to Third Century B.C.E

Xing Lu
Mar 2022 - University of South Carolina Press
$24.99 USD - Paperback / softback
$24.99 USD - Electronic book text

Speaking for the Polis

Takis Poulakos
Mar 2022 - University of South Carolina Press
$24.99 USD - Paperback / softback
$24.99 USD - Electronic book text

Rhetorical Landscapes in America

Gregory Clark
Nov 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$39.99 USD - Hardback
$39.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric

Lost Texts in Rhetoric and Composition

edited by Deborah H. Holdstein
May 2023 - Modern Language Association
$100.00 USD - Hardback
$43.00 USD - Paperback / softback

Hillsville Remembered

Travis A. Rountree
Apr 2023 - University Press of Kentucky
$35.00 USD - Hardback
$35.00 USD - Electronic book text
$35.00 USD - Electronic book text

Activist Literacies

Jennifer Nish
Oct 2022 - University of South Carolina Press
$98.99 USD - Hardback
$32.99 USD - Paperback / softback