Public Address and Moral Judgment : Critical Studies in Ethical Tensions

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-11
  • Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
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Public Address and Moral Judgmentoffers a critical look at the ways in which public address can enact moral codes, articulate moral judgments, and manifest ethical tensions. Each chapter carefully examines specific examples of public address for their moral dimensions, exploring how public address functions to articulate and express the ethical tensions of its time and context. The contributors highlight important and often different ways that public address works to expose problematics in ethical tensions - problematics of language and imagery, metaphor and character, genre and definition. The authors are also mindful of the tenuous relationship that exists between rhetoric and morality, between situated public address and a society's ethical foundations. The essays in Public Address and Moral Judgment, on topics ranging from WWII propaganda to the civil rights rhetoric of President George H. W. Bush to the photographs from the Abu Ghraib prison, consider the powerful role of public discourse in the constitution of a moral code for the American people.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Ethical and Moral Judgment and the Power of Public Addressp. xi
Where Is Public Address? George W. Bush, Abu Ghraib, and Contemporary Moral Discoursep. 1
George H. W. Bush and the Strange Disappearance of Groups from Civil Rights Talkp. 31
Public Moral Argument on Same-Sex Marriage, 2000-2005: A Narrative Approachp. 61
Time, Space, and Generic Reconstitution: Martin Luther King's "A Time to Break Silence" as Radical jeremiadp. 97
From Civilians to Soldiers and Back Again: Domestic Propaganda and the Discourse of Public Reconstitution in the U.S. Treasury's World War II Bond Campaignp. 127
Constituting Benevolent War and Imperial Peace: U.S. Nationalism and Idyllic Notions of Peace and Warp. 161
The Abu Ghraib Iconic Photographs: Constitutive Spectacles and the Gendering of Public Moralitiesp. 203
Conclusion: Public Address and Public Moralityp. 249
Contributorsp. 257
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