Rhetorics of Suffering

  title={Rhetorics of Suffering},
  author={Christina Simko},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={880 - 902}
  • Christina Simko
  • Published 11 September 2012
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
Weber argued that human suffering creates the demand for theodicies: cultural vocabularies, religious or secular, that explain perceived injustices. This article combines an interpretive analysis of rhetoric commemorating the events of September 11, 2001 with an effort to construct generalizable cultural theory, demonstrating how the Weberian concept of theodicy adds to our understanding of commemorative rhetoric. In the case of September 11 commemorations, the theodicies deployed exhibit a… 

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