Race, Rhetoric, and Research Methods

by Alexandria Lockett, Iris D. Ruiz, James Chase Sanchez, & Christopher Carter

Perspectives on Writing series
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Race, Rhetoric, and Research Methods explores multiple antiracist, decolonial forms of study that are relevant to 21st-century knowledge production about language, communication, technology, and culture. The book presents a rare collaboration among scholars representing different racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders, and ranks within the field of Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies (RCWS). In each chapter, the authors examine the significance of their individual experiences with race and racism across contexts. Their research engages the politics of embodiment, institutional critique, multimodal rhetoric, materiality, and public digital literacies. The book merges impassioned storytelling with unflinching analysis, offering a multi-voiced argument that spotlights the field's troubled history with theorizing about race and epistemology. Although the authors directly address aspiring and current RCWS professionals, they model how a comprehensive consideration of race adds legitimacy and integrity to any subject of study. This coauthored work charts uncommon paths forward, demonstrating reflexive engagement with legacies that are personal and transnational, as well as with technologies that are both dehumanizing and liberating.

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Alexandria Lockett is assistant professor of English at Spelman College. She publishes about the technological politics of race, surveillance, and access. Her work has appeared in Composition Studies, Enculturation, and Praxis, as well as in several chapters in edited collections.

Iris D. Ruiz is continuing lecturer for Merritt Writing Program and Lecturer in Ethnic Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. Her current publications are her monograph, Reclaiming Composition for Chicano/as and other Ethnic Minorities: A Critical History and Pedagogy, winner of the honorable mention CCCC Outstanding Book Award, and Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy, which she coedited in addition to contributing a chapter on the keyword "Race." Her work on race and writing program administration (WPA) was published as an article in the WPA: Writing Program Administration. Her current research focuses upon Chicanx history, decolonial theory, methods, intersectional and cross-generational trauma, and the politics of critical imperial scholarship and citation practices. Her work is also featured in the NCTE/CCCC Latinx Caucus history book with Parlor Press, Viva Nuestra Caucus, and in the Series for Writing and Rhetoric coedited collection, Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise. She aims to continue to work toward transformative and antiracist leadership, scholarship and pedagogical practice.

James Chase Sanchez is assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Middlebury College in Vermont. His research interests are in cultural and racial rhetorics, public memory, and methodology, and his research has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Pedagogy, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, Present Tense, and WPA: Writing Program Administration. Sanchez has a single-authored monograph, titled Salt of the Earth: Rhetoric, Preservation, and White Supremacy, that will be published with NCTE in 2021. He also produced a documentary about racism in his hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, in 2017. The film, Man on Fire, won numerous awards, including an International Documentary Association award in 2017, and premiered on PBS in 2018 as a part of Independent Lens. He is currently in production of his second documentary, In Loco Parentis, that investigates the history of sexual abuse and rape at New England boarding schools.

Christopher Carter is professor of English and Divisional Dean of Humanities at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches courses in writing theory, activist rhetoric, and visual culture. His books include Rhetoric and Resistance in the Corporate Academy (Hampton Press, 2008), Rhetorical Exposures: Confrontation and Contradiction in US Social Documentary Photography (University of Alabama Press, 2015), Metafilm: Materialist Rhetoric and Reflexive Cinema (Ohio State University Press, 2018), and The Corruption of Ethos in Fortress America: Billionaires, Bureaucrats, and Body Slams (Lexington Books, 2020). Metafilm was nominated for the Rhetoric Society of America Book Award in 2019. His essays have appeared in Works and Days, JAC, College English, and Rhetoric Review, and he has written chapters for Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers as well as Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race and Identity, Knowledge. He is a White critic committed to critical Whiteness studies, and since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005, his work has consistently featured antiracist analyses of social space, popular imagery, and their overlap.

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Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $31.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-188-6
  • Ebook Price: OPEN ACCESS
  • Publication Month: December
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Pages: 300
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Alexandria Lockett, Iris D. Ruiz, James Chase Sanchez, & Christopher Carter
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-188-6