Ideographic usage of "choice" in contemporary abortion rhetoric

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dc.contributor.author Snider, Sarah Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2008-01-16T16:08:14Z
dc.date.available 2008-01-16T16:08:14Z
dc.date.issued 2008-01-16T16:08:14Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/549
dc.description.abstract This work explores the emergence and evolution of the rhetoric choice rhetoric as it pertains to contemporary American abortion politics. <Choice> is explored from an ideographic perspective, borrowing from the theoretical framework for ideographic rhetorical criticism established by Michael Calvin McGee. The analysis begins with a diachronic analysis of the emergence of the ideograph of <choice> within the law with an investigation of the written decisions in four Supreme Court cases central to the construction of the right to choose: Roe v. Wade (1973), Maher v. Roe (1977), Harris v. McRae (1980), and Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989). This investigation reveals a synchronic relationship between <choice> and another higher order ideograph, <liberty>. The criticism continues with an investigation of the usage of <choice> by pro-choice advocates in two documents published by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Choices: Women Speak About Abortion is a collection of women's narratives about their experiences obtaining an abortion, and Breaking Barriers, a guide for the development and implementation of proactive policy campaigns for pro-choice advocates. McGee's method is employed to investigate the ideographic usage of <choice> within these documents, revealing the ideographic abstraction that associates the alleged idea content of ideographs. This ideographic analysis reveals the inability of <choice> to live up to its alleged idea content as a result of the limitations inherent in the grounding of <choice> within the higher order ideograph of <liberty> and the impact of these limitations on particular populations, mainly indigent women in the United States. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Ideograph en
dc.subject Choice en
dc.subject Abortion en
dc.subject Pro-Choice en
dc.title Ideographic usage of "choice" in contemporary abortion rhetoric en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Speech Communication, Theater, and Dance en
dc.description.advisor Timothy R. Steffensmeier en
dc.subject.umi Speech Communication (0459) en
dc.date.published 2008 en
dc.date.graduationmonth May en


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