By Professor Dexter B Gordon
Exploring the function of rhetoric in African American identification and political discourse
Dexter B. Gordon’s Black identification: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Nineteenth-Century Black Nationalism explores the matter of racial alienation and the significance of rhetoric within the formation of black id within the usa. confronted with alienation and disenfranchisement as part of their day-by-day adventure, African american citizens built collective practices of empowerment that cohere as a constitutive rhetoric of black ideology. Exploring the origins of that rhetoric, Gordon finds how the ideology of black nationalism features in modern African American political discourse.
Rooting his learn within the phrases and works of nineteenth-century black abolitionists corresponding to Maria Stewart, David Walker, and Henry Garnet, Gordon explores the rapprochement among rhetorical idea, race, alienation, and the function of public reminiscence in id formation. He argues that abolitionists used language of their speeches, pamphlets, letters, petitions, and broadsides that proven black id in ways in which may foster liberation and empowerment. The arguments awarded the following represent the one sustained therapy of nineteenth-century black activists from a rhetorical perspective.
Gordon demonstrates the pivotal function of rhetoric in African American efforts to create a doable public voice. realizing nineteenth-century black alienationand its intersection with twentieth-century racismis an important to figuring out the ongoing feel of alienation that African americans show approximately their American adventure. Gordon explains how the ideology of black nationalism disciplines and describes African American existence for its personal ends, exposing a primary piece of the ideological fight for the soul of the United States. The e-book is either a platform for additional dialogue and a call for participation for extra voices to hitch the discourse as we look for how you can understand the experience of alienation skilled and expressed by way of African american citizens in modern society.
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To be effective, Burke contends, the Other must find a way to speak the language of the “us” (Rhetoric 563; qtd. in Gresson 55). With the same goal of theorizing race and rhetoric but in a way different from McPhail’s more philosophical conception of coherence, Gresson takes a psychological approach and proposes a rhetoric of recovery. Gresson’s psychological approach takes as its center Joseph Campbell’s contention that the problem of contemporary societies is their search for all meaning in the individual, unlike earlier ages in which meaning was found in the group or in the world (3).
People who experience this kind of cleavage exist as abstractions who have “lost touch with all human specificity” (134). These splintered beings can experience reunification only through communism. , social mode of existence” (134). The emphasis in Marx’s theory is in the category of class. Class struggle results in alienation, and the elimination of class under communism is consequently the solution to the problem of alienation. Marx sees class, like human character, as determined by social conditions, which then directly affect individual power and needs.
As its main contribution, then, a constitutive rhetoric provides an accounting of the way subjects are constituted and employed or deployed to function ideologically in discourse. My main concern is with the issue of constitutive rhetorics and how they operate within the context of ideological contestation and identity formation. Charland explored a political struggle over language and culture; my concern includes language and culture but with the nefarious issue of “race” at its core. With racism stalking their lives, nineteenth-century black rhetors constantly undertook the double task of constituting not only their audiences but themselves as legitimate speaking beings (Smith [Asante] 7; Gregg; Terrill 70).