Cocoon Minorities: Understanding Rush Limbaugh's Co-option of the Rhetorical Strategies of the Disenfranchised Position Through Homological Analysis

Sim Butler, Richard Mocarski, Betsy Emmons

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Abstract

Conceptualizing minority social and political groups calls for careful consideration of power, prestige, and numerical systems. However, when members of empowered groups self-identify as disenfranchised, they create unique rhetorical situations. Through homological analysis of the rhetorical tactics of Rush Limbaugh matched with an analysis of Sandra Fluke's rhetorical strategies, we assert that subtle co-option of communication tactics poses larger questions about self-identification of individuals as minority members within social and political systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-256
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Radio and Audio Media
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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