The Blood of Patriots: Symbolic Violence and “The West”

  title={The Blood of Patriots: Symbolic Violence and “The West”},
  author={CV Vitolo-Haddad},
  journal={Rhetoric Society Quarterly},
  pages={280 - 296}
This article considers how demagoguery gives meaning to violence by providing a symbolic, expressive outlet for resentment resulting from real or felt precarity. This rhetorical process redirects frustrations away from the entities and sociopolitical structures responsible for creating precarity and toward a scapegoat. Rather than examining demagoguery as rhetoric produced by an individual rhetor or consumed by an audience of the masses, the author explores the “meso-level” of demagogic… Expand
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