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bell hooks. Where/How do you identify with her life? For me (dan) it’s: Her academic life Her name change Racism The conservatizing function of higher ed. Lack of a connection theory and practice in higher ed. Hooks Nature of the World.

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Bell hooks

bell hooks

  • Where/How do you identify with her life?

  • For me (dan) it’s:

  • Her academic life

  • Her name change

  • Racism

  • The conservatizing function of higher ed.

  • Lack of a connection theory and practice in higher ed.


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Hooks Nature of the World

  • The world is marked by oppression and exploitation devaluing—

  • reciprocity, community , and mutuality.

  • “white supremacist capitalist patriarchy”

  • Denial of “connection”(s) (Foss, p. 76)

  • “what we can’t imagine, can’t come to be” (Foss, p. 78)


Bell hooks

Definition of Feminism

  • The struggle to end sexist oppression (end of sexist role patterns,

  • domination, and oppression)

  • Attend to systems of domination and inter-relatedness of sex, race,

  • and class oppression


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Nature of the Rhetor

  • Those who have the capacity to address the exigence of

  • domination—are critical thinkers or intellectuals

  • “site of radical possibility, a space of resistance—for example black

  • rhetoric and sit-ins and demonstrations: “We may loose five times,

  • and win one,” that’s progress and effective rhetoric of resistance.

  • Adoption of the role of critical thinker or enlightened witness

  • Recommended Reading: The Rhetoric of Agitation and Control,

  • John W. Bowers & et al. (2nd ed.) Waveland Press


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Rhetorical Options

  • Designed to intervene in practices of domination

  • Process of decolonization

  • Colonization is conquering of “minds and habits to internalize and

  • accept inherent inferiority”

  • Theory needs to be developed that disrupts and transforms (seven

  • methods)


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Rhetorical Options Continued

  • Theory Development:

    • for concrete situations (her sister in Foss. p. 85)

    • in an accessible style of writing—for example Linda Putnam

    • and her visit to MSU-Billings

  • Enactment: live out your beliefs

  • Confession: knowledgeable confessions linked to political world not just narcissistic acts or commodity spectacles

  • Dialogue:

    • concrete counter-examples to test out and hear responses (Einstein’s “think experiments)

    • no censorship in dialogue

    • also dialogue with those who exploit, oppress, and dominate


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Rhetorical Options Continued

  • Cultural Criticism:

    • actively enter the terrain of poplar culture

    • television and film

  • Education:

    • serve in decolonization

  • Community Outreach:

    • use of women’s groups

    • minority professors at MSU-Billings


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Transformation of Rhetorical Theory

“Designed to disrupt and transform the white supremacist capitalist patriarchal

system”

Purpose for Rhetoric:to facilitate the eradication fo the ideology of domination

Hierarchy:reject it as natural

Ethos:marginal rhetors who produce counterhegemonic discourse derived from their personal experiences

Enactment:not a part of traditional rhetorical repertoire—living in ways that are nondomination

Visual Arts:to imagine (image, dan here) new possibilities and alternatives


Bell hooks

“Our freedom is sweet. It will be even

sweeter when we are all

free.”

--bell hooks


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