Taking a Deep Breadth: The Rhetorical Construction of Solidarity in the American Labor Movement
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Christina R. Foust, Ph.D.
Daniel J. Lair
Burke, Critical, Industrial Workers of the World, Labor, Rhetoric, United Farm Workers
This dissertation explores the rhetorical fragments in three case studies of the American Labor Movement constituting movement members in solidarity. Using Kenneth Burke's discussion of rhetorical substance, this project explores the possibilities for developing deep and broad forms of solidarity within the American Labor Movement. Rhetorical fragments of the Industrial Workers of the World, the United Farm Workers, and contingent faculty unionization efforts are explored.
I argue Burke's ideas of substance and identification provide a powerful lens through which we can examine the solidary practices of social movements. Through the examination of the case studies mentioned, I demonstrate that solidarity was constructed using different points of identification for workers involved in the movement. These points of identification sometimes worked to the benefit and sometimes to the detriment of the movements described.
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O'Shannon Murphy, William, "Taking a Deep Breadth: The Rhetorical Construction of Solidarity in the American Labor Movement" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 464.
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