ERIC Number: ED212011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Critical Study of Rhetorical Community: Applications for a Conceptual Model.
The concept of rhetorical community is employed in this paper as a starting point for the study of community. Since the clarity of the concept "rhetorical community" is insufficient for purposes of building theories, the paper offers a more precise conceptual definition: a rhetorical community is a group of people who identify themselves with a common rhetorical vision (symbolic reality) that gives them a common goal and sense of purpose by which they organize their actions. Based on systems theory, the paper proposes this model of rhetorical community as a necessary step toward constructing a theory of community based upon communication processes. Suggestions are offered for studying rhetorical community from both rhetorical and ethnographic approaches. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).