Transforming Social Conflict through an Expanded Theory of Rhetoric
AdvisorMiller, Thomas P
Committee ChairMiller, Thomas P
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis dissertation connects theories of rhetoric and composition with conflict resolution. It argues for an expanded role of rhetorical invention in negotiation and mediation by demonstrating how current resolution practices can benefit from theories of rhetorical invention and inquiry.Chapter One, "Introduction: The Kairos of Investigating Rhetoric and Conflict Resolution," argues that an investigation is timely as current events and international relations are plagued by conflict.Chapter Two, "Rhetoric and Conflict: Constructing Meaning through Rhetorical Invention," establishes the connection between rhetoric and conflict resolution by demonstrating how theories from classical and new rhetorics contribute to understandings of interpersonal conflict. I argue that four specific theories of rhetorical invention--critical, social, collaborative, and generative--contribute to conflict resolution by increasing opportunities for people to create meaning.Chapter Three, "Improving Negotiation and Mediation through Rhetorical Invention," examines the relationship between integrative conflict practices and rhetorical invention. It enriches integrative negotiation strategies by demonstrating how rhetorical invention improves opportunities for constructive inquiry. I examine how specific negotiation and mediation practices utilize invention through various process and spatial considerations.Chapter Four, "Beyond Conflict Resolution: Mediation as Means of Transformation," argues that a rhetorical approach to conflict resolution can improve current social practices. I argue that the recent articulations of transformative mediation can expand opportunities for invention. Based on a local community mediation center and a national transformative resolution program, this chapter demonstrates concrete applications for a rhetorical theory of conflict transformation.Chapter Five, "Enhancing Pedagogy through Transformative Rhetorical Inquiry," argues for "transformative rhetorical inquiry," an analytical method based on transformative concepts of information gathering, empowerment, recognition, pie expansion, and relationship building, can improve pedagogy and curriculum design. I apply these concepts to the University of Arizona Writing Program's Upper-Division-Curriculum-Review project of AY 2004-2005 and two curriculum designs I co-developed with peers.Chapter Six, "Conclusion: The Future of Rhetoric and Conflict Transformation," argues that rhetoric and conflict resolution can improve current methods of inquiry and peace building by demonstrating how transformative rhetorical inquiry enables framing and reframing strategies relevant to activist rhetorics and social movement theories as well as collective ethos and community building.
Degree ProgramRhetoric, Composition & the Teaching of English