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ERIC Number: EJ956866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Decolonizing Imaginaries: Rethinking "the People" in the Young Lords' Church Offensive
Enck-Wanzer, Darrel
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v98 n1 p1-23 2012
This essay is an attempt to come to terms with the Young Lords' popular liberation rhetoric in the church offensive. Building from Michael Calvin McGee's observation that ""the people" are more process than phenomenon," I explore the ways in which the Young Lords' craft "the people's repertory of convictions" from diverse rhetorical resources in their verbal, visual, and embodied discourse surrounding the church offensive. In highlighting such a performative repertoire for "the people," I extend research related to ideographs by articulating a link between ideographs and what Charles Taylor and others call the "social imaginary," which is "not a set of ideas; rather it is what enables, through making sense of, the practices of society." In making this connection between ideographs and social imaginaries, I read the Young Lords' rhetoric of "the people" as a radical, decolonial challenge to the modern social imaginary. Specifically, I argue that the Young Lords' rearticulation of "the people" as a pluriversal collective, demanding material and epistemological liberation, delinks and denaturalizes hegemonic constructions of a liberal/Western "people" that "totalize A reality" in the modern social imaginary. (Contains 112 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York