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date: 19 October 2020

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This chapter views rhetoric and race as intricately entwined forms of symbolic action that function within specific ecosystems defined by social, political, and cultural hierarchies. The discussion links three basic questions: How does race filter and inform views of rhetorical action as a dynamic human endeavor? Conversely, how does rhetorical action filter and inform views of race as a dynamic instantiation of ways of being and doing? What happens at the convergence of the two when a sociocultural practice (rhetoric) meets a sociopolitical concept (race) within a specific sociohistorical context (e.g., the United States)? The primary assertion is that this analytical approach moves us beyond what is mainly a recognition of race rhetorics toward a deeper and broader understanding of their ways, means, impacts, and consequences.

Keywords: rhetoric, race, symbolic action, human rights, civil rights, sociocultural practice, ecosystems, cultural hierarchies

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