Reclaiming the Rhetoric of Reies López Tijerina: Border Identity and Agency in "The Land Grant Question"

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Abstract

Chicano activist Reies Tijerina's speech known as "The Land Grant Question" provides a point of analysis in this article for assessing contradictory understandings of Tijerina and his movement, La Alianza Federal de Mercedes. The author explores how in both its rhetorical content and form, Tijerina's speech navigated and negotiated identity and agency for the Alianza and Mexican Americans. The speech represents border rhetoric, a type of vernacular discourse that migrates across borders, sustains contradictions, and crafts a middle space. Reclaiming Tijerina's rhetoric extends Chicano movement studies, illuminates notions of rhetorical agency, and highlights a rhetorically-inflected notion of the border.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-587
Number of pages27
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Agency
  • Border Rhetoric
  • Chicano
  • Public Address
  • Reies López Tijerina
  • Social Movement
  • Vernacular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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