1) THESIS SUMMARIES

For each article, choose an excerpt from the text or construct a one-two sentence summary that encapsulates the author's main purpose for writing.


2) DEFINING SOCIAL CHANGE

Collaboratively, formulate a definition (that you are willing to commit to) for social movements/rhetorics of social change that is of significant use to scholars who attempt to

theorize and critically explore such activity. This process will involve making decisions about scope and nature.


The following contextualizations are designed to help you craft this "working" definition.


*Gather and define key terms and concepts from the readings. You might find it particularly helpful to refer back to prominent definitions from last week's readings

as well as recover similar definitions from this week's readings.


*This will allow you to make decisions about whether or not your definition should focus on material affect, processes of change, heuristic value, or some

combination of these. Think purposefully and precisely about your purpose and audience. What do you intend your definition to offer? You will be asked to speak

into how you see your definition broadening, confining, and/or otherwise affecting what counts as scholarship on rhetorics of social change.




*What are the distinctive material and or rhetorical dimensions of movements you are willing to commit to as such? (Attempts at) uninstitutionalized collectivities? Changes in consciousness? Does one necessarily come before the other? Under what circumstances do such phenomenon take place?



*Together, the readings problematized the following as false, but often valuable, dichotomies:

Phenomenon v. Meaning (MeGee, Lucas)

Historical v. Theoretical (Andrews, Zarefsky, Lucas)

Sociological v. Rhetorical Lenses (Lucas, MeGee)

What is the value in drawing on this distinctions as such? Conversely, how are these dichotomies problematized and why? To what end?


*You might find the following question useful:

"What distinguishes grassroots, ideologically-driven changes in consciousness brought about by the disenfranchised from the sort of hegemonic

collective consciousness that is disseminated to the masses purposely by those in power so that they can maintain and/or enhance that power?"