Free to move, free to stay, free to return: border rhetorics and a commitment to telos

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Abstract

This essay presents an abolitionist vision for the study of borders in the fields of Rhetoric and Critical Communication Studies. I argue that the critical study of border(ing) rhetorics should operate from the point of view of the freedom of movement and take as its telos the abolition of borders and bordering regimes, including those of mobility, land, community, and humanity. Several shifts are needed to center this telos in our work, including reorienting how we theorize and critique border(ing) rhetorics, and stretching the political commitments of our work to abolish the borders ofthe field and the academy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-101
Number of pages8
JournalCommunication and Critical/ Cultural Studies
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • abolition
  • art
  • borders
  • critical rhetoric
  • freedom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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