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Rhetoric & Democratic Deliberation Book Series

A book series with PSU Press

The Center for Democratic Deliberation has partnered with the Pennsylvania State University Press to publish new, ground-breaking scholarship on rhetoric and civic deliberation. The resulting new book series, “Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation," is edited by Cheryl Glenn and J. Michael Hogan, with assistance from a distinguished editorial board comprised of leading scholars in rhetoric and deliberation studies. In accordance with the mission of the CDD, this book series features studies in public deliberation, particularly in periods of democratic reform and experimentation; studies of political discourse and the impact of political rhetoric on public attitudes and behaviors; studies of how public opinion is conceived and measured, and the impact of public opinion on governmental policy; studies of social movements and their role in democratic deliberation; studies of journalistic ethics, norms, and practices; studies of the political, legal, and cultural constraints on free speech; and studies of the historical and civic literacy of the citizenry and the efficacy of various efforts to promote civic engagement.

The CDD draws upon its resources in several important ways to produce exciting new scholarly work on democratic deliberation. First, the Center sponsors lecture series and symposia featuring both single scholars and groups of scholars with a view toward producing outstanding scholarly monographs and edited volumes. In addition, the Center supports promising emerging scholars through its Center Fellows program. Finally, the Center's connections with other programs and scholars across the nation, particularly in rhetorical studies, help identify promising projects for the series.

Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation book cover

Among the books already published in the series is Karen Tracy's groundbreaking study of deliberations before a local school board, Challenges of Ordinary Democracy: A Case Study in Deliberation and Dissent.

Other volumes in the series include: Dave Tell’s Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth-Century America, which highlights the important role of rhetoric of confession in debates over some of America’s most intractable cultural controversies; Jay Childers’ The Evolving Citizen, which illuminates how today’s young people understand and perform their role as citizens differently from earlier generations; and Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation, a collection of essays treating citizenship as a discursive phenomenon edited by Christian Kock and Lisa Villadsen. Two other volumes in the series have recently been published: Speaking Hatefully: Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary, by David Boromisza-Habahi, and Arabella Lyon’s Deliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights.Another volume in the series, Samuel McCormick's Letters to Power: Public Advocacy Without Public Intellectuals, takes the reader through the ancient, medieval, and modern traditions of public advocacy by intellectuals and reflects on the public letter as a mode of civic engagement.

Future plans for the series include developing new digital modes of scholarly publication, including Web-based and cloud-based supplements to the traditional scholarly book. These supplements will allow users to access related readings, archival materials, audio and video files, podcasts, and other materials. We also envision creating online forums that would allow readers to engage books interactively, by commenting, annotating, or even debating with authors or other readers. With these efforts, we hope to position the Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation series at the forefront of the digital revolution in scholarly publishing.