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Author Ristich, Michael John
Title Without content [electronic resource] : rhetoric, American anarchism, and the end(s) of radical politics / by Michael John Ristich.
Publication Info. 2013.
Location Call No. Status Notes
 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 174 p.
Note Advisor: Jeff Pruchnic.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Wayne State University, 2013.
Summary My study suggests there is a homology between the Platonic critique of rhetoric and the critique of anarchism made by both Marxism and liberalism. I investigate this problematic by taking up a genelogical examination of anarchism in America that begins with America's founding and concludes with a discussion of the resurgence of populist/anti-Statist rhetoric (s) in the early twenty-first century. In doing so, I argue that anarchism in a politics "without content;" it is a rhetorical politics that challenges the (re)turns to metaphysics and Marxism in the wake of lpoststructuralist and postmodern thought. Specifically, in light of the contemporay Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements, I develop what I call "anarchic rhetoric, " and suggest that rhetoricians, critical theorists, and those on the Left would do well to look beyond the dialectical and State-based models of communicative interaction that undergid metaphysics and Marxism to the "anarchistic" facets of rhetoric, which includes and emphasis on the affective, aesthetic, and non-teleological.
Subject Rhetoric
Anarchism
Critical theory
Radicalism
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (Ph.D.) : English (Rehtoric and Composition)
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