DeTora And Robinson

Chapter 3 Culture-centered approaches to rhetorical research: Considering domestic violence as a site for intersectional interventions

Lisa DeTora and Tomeka Robinson

What is the most important takeaway from your chapter? 

  • Culture centered approaches are needed in rhetorical research 
  • Intersectionality must be considered in all rhetorical research 

If you were making discussion questions for students (advanced undergraduates or early graduate students) to go along with your chapter, what would they be?  

  • Which intersections of culture inform your identity as a scholar/student? How do these apply to your rhetorical situation? 
  • Identify a specific situation in which you might use the heuristics and tables provided (this could be done in lived experience and based on textual sources or media) 
  • Think of another theoretical position (not covered in the chapter) and how to include culture-centered information within that framework 
  • What are other areas of scholarship that might be advanced through an intersectional and/or culture centered lens?  

What questions do you feel your chapter leaves un-examined or where would you go with it next? 

  • I feel like rhetorical research needs to find ways of layering theoretical literacies, but I’m not sure that’s suitable for an undergraduate audience 

Is there anything that you want those considering doing with in MHR to know? 

  • Mental health research needs to consider lived and embodied identity as well as emotional/affective experience 
  • Thinking about problems that impact people on a day-to-day basis carries responsibilities with it 
  • All constructions and discussions of embodied experiences carries layers of power and privilege that must be taken into account.  
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