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Civic Engagement and Public Health Issues: Community Support for Breastfeeding Through Rhetoric and Health Communication Collaborations
Communications Quarterly
  • Rebecca A. Kuehl, South Dakota State University
  • Sara A. Mehltretter Drury, Wabash College
  • Jenn Anderson, South Dakota State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
11-1-2015
Abstract

As the U.S. public faces a discursive climate characterized by incivility and partisanship, scholars have the opportunity to productively influence public discourse, especially the deliberations of leaders and other community members (Carcasson, 2011). How might rhetorical studies of health improve their public position regarding civic engagement and community problem-solving? We argue that rhetorical studies of health can productively engage the public through scholars’ participation in collaborative community problem-solving and deliberation about public concerns. In working to improve the public significance of rhetorical studies of health, some important considerations include collaboration within and outside of the academy, the dual roles of the citizen-scholar, spheres of argument, and making public scholarship visible and valuable.

DOI of Published Version
10.1080/01463373.2015.1103598
Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Rights
© 2015 Eastern Communication Association
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Citation Information
Rebecca A. Kuehl, Sara A. Mehltretter Drury and Jenn Anderson. "Civic Engagement and Public Health Issues: Community Support for Breastfeeding Through Rhetoric and Health Communication Collaborations" Communications Quarterly Vol. 63 Iss. 5 (2015) p. 510 - 515
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rebecca-kuehl/4/