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dc.contributor.advisorBrummett, Barry, 1951-en
dc.creatorYoung, Anna Marjorie, 1975-en
dc.description.abstractOur public culture is rapidly shrinking: our nation is replete with residents instead of citizens. Part of the blame for the impoverishment of public life is the retreat and subsequent almost total isolation of intellectuals, those who put their deep training and experience to work in sociopolitical contexts in a public vernacular. The failure of most traditional intellectuals to reach a public audience is a failure of rhetoric; public intellectuals, on the other hand, mark rhetorical success in connecting the worlds of the public and the intellectual to advance change. This dissertation explores the interconnections between public intellectuals, rhetorical style and the public sphere to understand how and why public intellectuals are able to do what they do such that we may be able to encourage this work from others. Most importantly, this intersection may help explain how we can reclaim an active, democratic public sphere in the United States.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshIntellectuals--United States--Political activityen
dc.subject.lcshPolitical participation--United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshSpecialists--United Statesen
dc.titlePublic intellectuals, rhetorical style and the public sphere : the politics of thinking out louden
dc.description.departmentCommunication Studiesen

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