Civility, democracy, and national politics

Mary E. Stuckey, Sean Patrick O'Rourke

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This essay considers questions about civility raised in the discourse responding to the January 2011 shootings in Tucson, Arizona. Focusing on two sites of discord-the debate in the media and President Obama's address at the memorial service for the victims-our analysis identifies two conceptionsof civility and their corresponding assumptions about democracy and community, provides a critique of both conceptions, and offers a conceptual framework for rhetorical critics studying civility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-736
Number of pages26
JournalRhetoric and Public Affairs
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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