Doxa, Dissent, and Challenges of Rhetorical Citizenship: “When I Criticize Denmark, It Is not the White Nights or the New Potatoes I Have In Mind”

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The article explores an instance of citizen dissent being combatted by elite politicians and the dissenting citizen’s resistance to these attacks. Proceeding from Ivie’s and Thimsen’s understandings of dissent as intimately linked to mainstream discourse and of dissent’s potential for democratic participation and rhetorical invention realized by means of rhetorical troping, the essay also invokes Phillips’ work on spaces of dissension. The article concludes with a discussion of the difficulties in realizing ideals of deliberative democracy as conceived within the conceptual frame of rhetorical citizenship and potential avenues for theory development followed by a discussion of the potential of rhetorical troping to establish consubstantiality in a gridlocked debate.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJavnost - The Public
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)235-250
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2017

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  • Faculty of Humanities - Dissent , Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen, Doxa, Rhetorical citizenship, Troping, Listening rhetoric, refugees, space of dissension

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