Deliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights by Arabella LyonDeliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights by Arabella Lyon

Deliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and Rights

byArabella Lyon

Paperback | May 15, 2015

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The twenty-first century is characterized by the global circulation of cultures, norms, representations, discourses, and human rights claims; the arising conflicts require innovative understandings of decision making. Deliberative Acts develops a new, cogent theory of performative deliberation. Rather than conceiving deliberation within the familiar frameworks of persuasion, identification, or procedural democracy, it privileges speech acts and bodily enactments that constitute deliberation itself, reorienting deliberative theory toward the initiating moment of recognition, a moment in which interlocutors are positioned in relationship to each other and so may begin to construct a new lifeworld. By approaching human rights not as norms or laws, but as deliberative acts, Lyon conceives rights as relationships among people and as ongoing political and historical projects developing communal norms through global and cross-cultural interactions.

Arabella Lyon is Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. Her 1998 book Intentions: Negotiated, Contested, and Ignored (Penn State) won the W. Ross Winterowd Award from the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition. Arabella Lyon is Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. Her 1998 book Int...
Title:Deliberative Acts: Democracy, Rhetoric, and RightsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:May 15, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271059753

ISBN - 13:9780271059754


Table of Contents



Introduction: Deliberation in the Global Era

1 Defining Deliberative Space: Rethinking Persuasion, Position, and Identification

2 Performative Deliberation and the Narratable Who

3 Narrating Rights, Creating Agents: Missing Women in the U.S. Media

4 The Beauty of Arendt’s Lies: Menchú’s Political Strategy

5 Voting like a Girl: Declarations, Paradoxes of Deliberation, and Embodied Citizens as a Difference in Kind


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Editorial Reviews

“Lyon’s illustrative case studies and vital reconstitution of key rhetorical concepts provide essential critical frameworks for scholars and teachers working at the intersection of rhetoric and human rights studies and, more broadly, those interested in the performance of democracy.”

—Wendy S. Hesford, Southern Anthropological Society