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ERIC Number: EJ915016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Muhammad Ali's Fighting Words: The Paradox of Violence in Nonviolent Rhetoric
Gorsevski, Ellen W.; Butterworth, Michael L.
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v97 n1 p50-73 Feb 2011
While Muhammad Ali has been the subject of countless articles and books written by sports historians and journalists, rhetorical scholars have largely ignored him. This oversight is surprising given both the tradition of social movement scholarship within rhetorical studies and Ali's influential eloquence as a world renowned celebrity espousing nonviolence. Ali's rhetorical performances played a pivotal role in radicalizing the civil rights movement as it (d)evolved into twin forces: Black Power and anti-Vietnam war movements. Ali's rhetoric conjoins messages of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, enabling critics to re-envision civil rights texts. Ali's enduring rhetoric provides a model for analyzing texts and social movements invoking the paradox of the violence in nonviolent civil disobedience. (Contains 111 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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