Sixteenth SCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation 2009

The Functions of Argument and Social Context


Gouran, Dennis, ed.  The Functions of Argument and Social Context.  Washington:  National Communication Association, 2010.

pp. "Title," Author


1    "Argument: Its Origin, Function, and Structure, " Dale Hample, University of Maryland

Selected Conference Papers

11 "Transparency Work and Argumentation Design in Deliberation about Business in Society, " Mark Aakhus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

18 "Finding Resistance from Betwixt and Between: Ritual Liminality as Counter-Warrant to Culture as Enthymeme," Jennifer J. Asenas and Karen Rasmussen, California State University, Long Beach

25 "Engagement, Time, and Flow: Prospects for Obama's America," Shawn Batt, Michigan State University

32 "Investigating Public Controversy Through the Inscriptions of Non-Humans: Objects as Sources of Puzzlement and as Symbols," Chantal Benoit-Barné, Université de Montréal

39 "Ready to Fight: FDR's "Pre-War" Discourse and the Creation of an 'American' Identity," Emily A. Berg, University of Minnesota

46 "Framing Discourse as Argument in Appellate Courtrooms: Three Cases on Same-Sex Marriage," Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy, University of Colorado at Boulder

54 "Glamorization of Gore Through Visual Argument: An Analysis of Dexter Advertisements," Anne Davis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

60 "Radical Politics, Minor Polemics and the Transfiguration of Public Forms," Melissa Deem, University of New Hampshire

67, "Context, Historiography, and Fragmentation of the Past," David C. Deifell, Ashford University

75 "Naturally Occurring Refutation: Examining Argumentation in City Council Discussions over Iraq," Aaron Dimock, University of Nebraska, Kearney

83 "Civil Disobedience as a Democratic Argument Form," James Patrick Dimock and Sarah Eckstein, Minnesota State University Mankato, and Aaron Dimock, University of Nebraska Kearney

91 "The Power of Medical Activism: MPD Patients Shape Medical Research," Valeria Fabj, Lynn University

98 "Deliberation in a Contested Medical Context: Developing a Framework to Aid Family Decision Making when an Adolescent Son Faces Fertility-Threatening Cancer Treatment," Kathleen M. Galvin, Northwestern University

107 "Our Greatest Confusion: Evolution, Cooperation, and 'Survival of the Fittest'," Eric M. Gander, Baruch College, CUNY

116 "What's So Bad About the Ivory Tower, Anyway?: Arguing the Academic Enterprise," Ryan Gillespie, University of Southern California

124 "'Because there aren't enough spoons': Creating Contextually-Organized Online Argument Through
Reconstruction," Miriam Greenfeld Benovitz, Rutgers University

131 "The Divergent Contexts of PETA's Veggie Love Commercial and the Re-appropriation of Public Argument,"
Dustin Greenwalt, Baylor University

137 "Yankee Argumentative Culturetypes: The Case of Obama vs. McCain," Bruce E. Gronbeck, University of Iowa

145 "Generative Arguments: The Display of National Loyalty in Americanization Parades," Leslie A. Hahner, Baylor University

151 "Uncle Sam Wants Your Son or Daughter: Defining a Mother's Role in the Military Context," Heidi E. Hamilton, Emporia State University

158 "Feminists for Life and the Use of Appropriational Argument in the Abortion Controversy," Leslie J. Harris and Kimberly Smith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

164 "The Role of Audience in Public Diplomacy Argumentation," Craig A. Hayden, American University

172 "Conscientious Objections: Debating Both Sides and the Cultures of Democracy," Darrin Hicks, University of Denver and Ronald Walter Greene, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

179 "Barack Obama and America's Journey: Implicit and Explicit Arguments about Race," Thomas A. Hollihan, University of Southern California

187 "A Rhetorical Schema for Evaluating "The Other" in Satirical Imagery: The New Yorker Cartoon on Barack Obama," Safiyya Hosein, Lynn University

194 "Personality and Power in Argument," Tatiana N. Ivanova Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

202 "The Effects of Format Changes on Viewers' Perceptions of Arguments Made by Obama and McCain in the 2008 Presidential Debates," Jeffrey W. Jarman, Wichita State University

211 "Serial Arguments and Argument Type: Comparing Serial Arguments About Public and Personal Issue Argument Topics," Amy Janan Johnson, Joshua M. Averbeck, Katherine M. Kelley, and Shr-Jie Liu, University of Oklahoma

219 "From the Suppressed Premise to the Repressed Premise: The Unconscious as a Location of Enthymeme," Kevin A. Johnson, California State University, Long Beach

226 "Accidental Image Events and Overidentification: The Boston Mooninite Scare," Paul Elliot Johnson, University of Iowa

233 "The Body, Materiality, Argumentation: Re-reading Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media," Hideki Kakita, Dokkyo University

241 "Family Argument: A Model of Family Communication in Crisis," Sandra M. Ketrow and Rachel L. DiCioccio, University of Rhode Island

250 "Creating Discursive Space to Consider Incongruous Perspectives: The Role of Dialogical Mechanisms in Argument," Susan L. Kline, Ohio State University

259 "Argument in Critical Elections," James F. Klumpp, University of Maryland

266 "Making Sense of the No on Proposition 8 Campaign: The Failure of Non-Ideological Argumentation," Ben Krueger, University of Maryland

274 "Speaker Points, Wins, and Losses: A History of the Evolution of Academic Debate and its Place within Communication Studies," Brian Lain, University of North Texas

281 "Authors, Audiences, and Argument: ABC's LOST and Narrative Agency After 9/11, Brian Lain and Shaun Treat, University of North Texas

289 "A Politics of Erasure: Race and Color-Blind Rhetoric in Supreme Court Opinions," Catherine L. Langford, Texas Tech University

296 "A Dichotomy Worth Dissolving: Conviction is to Philosophy and Objectivity as Persuasion is to Rhetoric and Subjectivity," Lenore Langsdorf, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

300 "Natality vs. Mortality: Gender and Embodiment in Hannah Arendt's Political Philosophy," Joan Faber McAlister, Drake University

307 "Moments of Karma: The Daily Show, Multimedia and Vernacular Argument," Ryan Erik McGeough, Louisiana State University

314 "'It's Bigger than Hip-Hop'": Don Imus and the Racial Enthymeme," Michael K. Middleton and Nicholas A. Russell, University of Utah

322 "View from the Summit: Perspectives on Forensics Scholarship and Research from the 2009 Policy Debate Summit and Development Conference," Gordon R. Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh

331 "Equality as an Ideograph: The Gay Rights Movement and Proposition 8," Megan E. Morrissey, The University of Colorado at Boulder

338 "Troping Violence: Toward the Confluence of Rationality, Myth, and Rhetorical Invention," David Moscowitz, College of Charleston

346 "Bridging the Communicative Divide: Wafaa Bilal, Performative Politics, and the Visible Body," Jane Munksgaard, University of Georgia

353 "The Inarticulate Gender-Bending Performance of Vice-Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin," Denise L. Oles, Drake University

359 "Censorship, Discourse, and Performativity," Heidi Owens, Georgia State University

365 "Domesticating Repression: Responses to Suffrage Advocates' Body Argument in Postcards Depicting Police and Suffrage Advocates' Interactions," Catherine H. Palczewski, University of Northern Iowa

375 "Converting Classrooms to Borderlands: Creating Spaces for Criticism," Samuel P. Perry, Georgia State University

381 "Translating Religious Arguments for the Public Sphere: Constructing "Overlapping Consensus" in the Debate
over Same-Sex Marriage," Carrie Anne Platt, North Dakota State University

389 "The Rhetorical Cultivation of Time: Stanton's 'The Solitude of Self'," G. Mitchell Reyes, Lewis & Clark College

396 "The Many Sides of "Switch-Sides Debate": Perspective-Taking and the Limits of Liberal-Deliberative Practice," John Rief, University of Pittsburgh, and Kevin Cummings, Mercer University

403 "Arguing for Survival: Strategic Communication and Narrative Accounts of Change in the News Industry," Patricia Riley, Nicole Usher, and Thomas Hollihan, University of Southern California

412 "Treason or Tyranny? : Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr," Jeremy Rogerson, Texas A&M University

419 "A Generative Form of Critical Publicity," Kate Zittlow Rogness, St. John's University

426 "The Enlightenment Roots of Obama's New Politics," Robert C. Rowland, The University of Kansas

433 "Breaking the Fourth Wall: Judicial Activism as Agency for Change in College Policy Debate," Christopher D. Salinas, Southern Methodist University

440 "Rationalizing Torture at Abu Ghraib: Argumentation in the Schlesinger Report," Janice Schuetz, University of New Mexico

447 "Moments of Inevitability in Economic Argument," David P. Schulz, Trinity Lutheran College

454 "Advanced Variations of Simulated Atonement: Blame Displacement and George W. Bush's Apologia for the
WMD Scandal," Ryan M. Shepard, University of Kansas

461 "A Flexible Art: Re-imagining Goodnight's Public, Private, and Technical Spheres Through the Lens of the Internet," Kimberly Alecia Singletary, Northwestern University

468 "Surrogate Families and Other Visual Argumentation Strategies: Singles and Seniors in the Genre of Photogreeting Cards," Shannon Skarphol Kaml, Metropolitan State University

476 "Perceptions of Risk Evidence: Are All Statistics Considered Equal?" Christine Skubisz, University of Maryland

485 "Shame on You Mbeki! The Problem of Denialism in South African AIDS Discourse, Ryan Solomon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

492 "The Temple of Obama: Visual Intertextuality and the 2008 Democratic National Convention," Sarah E. Spring, University of Iowa

499 "Nathaniel Hawthorne's Greatest Fiction: The Epideictic Function in Pierce's Presidential Campaign," Michael Warren Tumolo, The California State University, Stanislaus

505 "Constraints on Political Deliberation: European Parliamentary Debate as an Argumentative Activity Type," Frans H. van Eemeren and Bart Garssen, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

515 "Hidden Agency: Conspiratorial Control Over the Shaping of the 9/11 Commission Report," Chara K. Van Horn, The University of Tennessee at Martin

523 "Isocratic Citizenship: Toward a Pedagogy of Citizen Orators," Scott J. Varda, Baylor University

529 "Making the Fantastic Persuasive: Malcolm X's Use of History as Rhetorical Argument," Scott J. Varda, Baylor University

535 "Loving and a Legacy of Difference," Mary Lynn Veden, University of Washington

543 "Death as a Text: State Killings as Public Argument," Ben Voth, Southern Methodist University

550 "Facebook, Diasporic-Virtual Publics, and Networked Argumentation," Don Waisanen, University of Southern California

558 "Citizen Putin: Presidential Argument and the Invitation to (Democratic) Citizenship," David Cratis Williams and Noemi Marin, Florida Atlantic University

565 "The Impact of Policy Debate on Inner-City Schools: The Milwaukee Experience," Carol Winkler, Georgia State University

572 "Obama's Lincoln: Uses of the Argument from Historical Analogy," David Zarefsky, Northwestern University

Selected Papers from the 2007 Conference

579 "'Looks Count': Newspaper Accounts of the First Kennedy-Nixon Debate during the 2004 Presidential Campaign," Sara Ann Mehltretter, The Pennsylvania State University, and Dale A. Herbeck, Boston College

587 "Arguments for Local Control in a Global Marketplace: The Struggle for the Los Angeles Times," Patricia Riley, Thomas Hollihan, and N. B. Usher, University of Southern California

The Alta Conference

597    2009 Conference Program
611    2009 Conference Participants
617    The History of the Alta Conference