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Vilification and social movements: A case study of pro‐life and pro‐choice rhetoric

Vilification and social movements: A case study of pro‐life and pro‐choice rhetoric Vilification is a rhetorical strategy that discredits adversaries as ungenuine and malevolent advocates. The strategy is pervasive in the rhetoric of pro‐life and pro‐choice movements in Minnesota between 1973 and 1980. Both movements characterize their opponents as elite conspiracies whose influence is based upon misuse of powerful agencies and whose motives are tyrannous and unjust. Vilification strategies construct the enemy as simultaneously powerful and vulnerable, providing urgency, empowerment, reward, and sustained commitment for members of the movement. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quarterly Journal of Speech Taylor & Francis

Vilification and social movements: A case study of pro‐life and pro‐choice rhetoric

Quarterly Journal of Speech , Volume 75 (2): 17 – May 1, 1989

Vilification and social movements: A case study of pro‐life and pro‐choice rhetoric

Quarterly Journal of Speech , Volume 75 (2): 17 – May 1, 1989

Abstract

Vilification is a rhetorical strategy that discredits adversaries as ungenuine and malevolent advocates. The strategy is pervasive in the rhetoric of pro‐life and pro‐choice movements in Minnesota between 1973 and 1980. Both movements characterize their opponents as elite conspiracies whose influence is based upon misuse of powerful agencies and whose motives are tyrannous and unjust. Vilification strategies construct the enemy as simultaneously powerful and vulnerable, providing urgency, empowerment, reward, and sustained commitment for members of the movement.

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1479-5779
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0033-5630
DOI
10.1080/00335638909383870
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Abstract

Vilification is a rhetorical strategy that discredits adversaries as ungenuine and malevolent advocates. The strategy is pervasive in the rhetoric of pro‐life and pro‐choice movements in Minnesota between 1973 and 1980. Both movements characterize their opponents as elite conspiracies whose influence is based upon misuse of powerful agencies and whose motives are tyrannous and unjust. Vilification strategies construct the enemy as simultaneously powerful and vulnerable, providing urgency, empowerment, reward, and sustained commitment for members of the movement.

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Quarterly Journal of SpeechTaylor & Francis

Published: May 1, 1989

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