Making the case: Advocacy and judgment in public argument

Kathryn M. Olson, Michael William Pfau, Benjamin Ponder, Kirt H. Wilson

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Abstract

In an era when the value of the humanities and qualitative inquiry has been questioned in academia and beyond, Making the Case is an engaging and timely collection that brings together a veritable who’s who of public address scholars to illustrate the power of case-based scholarly argument and to demonstrate how critical inquiry into a specific moment speaks to general contexts and theories. Providing both a theoretical framework and a wealth of historically situated texts, Making the Case spans from Homeric Greece to twenty-first-century America. The authors examine the dynamic interplay of texts and their concomitant rhetorical situations by drawing on a number of case studies, including controversial constitutional arguments put forward by activists and presidents in the nineteenth century, inventive economic pivots by Franklin Roosevelt and Alan Greenspan, and the rhetorical trajectory and method of Barack Obama.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherMichigan State University Press
Number of pages260
ISBN (Electronic)9781609173449
ISBN (Print)9781611860528
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Olson, K. M., Pfau, M. W., Ponder, B., & Wilson, K. H. (2012). Making the case: Advocacy and judgment in public argument. Michigan State University Press.