Contemplating the Participatory Turn in Rhetorical Criticism

Michael K. Middleton, Samantha Senda-Cook, Aaron Hess, Danielle Endres

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    This essay concludes the special issue on the intersections between qualitative and rhetorical inquiry by responding to each of the essays. We highlight the productive tensions between rhetorical and qualitative inquiry, examine the benefits that qualitative inquiry brings to rhetorical fieldwork while also revealing how rhetorical inquiry can contribute to qualitative inquiry. We ultimately argue that rhetorical fieldwork is form of transdisciplinary research that resists replicating rhetorical and qualitative research by subsuming one approach under the other and instead creates a new form of hybrid research that adopts and adapts both research lineages.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)571-580
    Number of pages10
    JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


    • mixed methods
    • participatory critical rhetoric
    • qualitative inquiry
    • rhetorical field methods
    • rhetorical fieldwork
    • rhetorical inquiry
    • transdisciplinary

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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