ERIC Number: ED198579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Rhetorical Analysis on Black American Women Regarding the Women's Liberation Movement.
Molefi K. Asante's Afrocentric methodology was used in analysing the rhetoric of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, writer Toni Morrison, and sociologist Robert Staples on the women's movement. Three conclusions were drawn from this analysis: (1) that the three rhetors noted more differences than similarities between black and white females; (2) that they had varying opinions on whether black females should join with white females in the women's movement; and (3) that they disagreed on whether the impact of feminist rhetoric on the black community was positive or negative. In addition to analyzing messages for content, the three spokespersons were ranked in two major categories--best rhetorical effort and best Afrocentric effort. The analysis indicated that Chisholm ranked higher on rhetorical effort, probably because she had appeal to broader audiences, while Morrison and Staples ranked equally high on overall Afrocentric efforts. (Appendixes contain a copy of the measurement instrument used in the study and lists for each rhetor summarizing similarities and differences between black females and white females. A selected bibliography on the topic is also included.) (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chisholm (Shirley); Morrison (Toni); Staples (Robert)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980). Contains broken print.