Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Publisher

Michigan State University Press

Publication Date

Summer 2003

Abstract

This essay argues that juxtaposition is an important rhetorical convention for overcoming uncertainty and institutional inertia in relation to environmental health hazards. The essay illustrates the rhetorical dynamics of this convention in the public discourse that exposed the problem of asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana, and contends that the dichotomous moral framing of this problem was an effective and morally appropriate example of “ecospeak.”

DOI

10.1353/rap.2003.0049

Rights

© 2003 Michigan State University

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