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Democratic Dissent, Vol. 24 - 2017, No. 3

Guest Edited by Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner

Doxa, Dissent and Challenges of Rhetorical Citizenship: “When I Criticize Denmark, It Is not the White Nights or the New Potatoes I Have In Mind”

, pages: 235-250

This article explores an instance of citizen dissent being combatted by elite politicians and the dissenting citizen’s resistance to these attacks. Proceeding from Ivie’s and Thimsen’s understandings of dissent as intimately linked to mainstream discourse and of dissent’s potential for democratic participation and rhetorical invention realised by means of rhetorical troping, the article also invokes Phillips’ work on spaces of dissension. The article concludes with a discussion of the difficulties in realising ideals of deliberative democracy as conceived within the conceptual frame of rhetorical citizenship and potential avenues for theory development followed by a discussion of the potential of rhetorical troping to establish consubstantiality in a gridlocked debate.

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