In Situ Rhetoric: Intersections between Qualitative Inquiry, Fieldwork, and Rhetoric

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

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    This special issue examines intersections between qualitative and rhetorical inquiry through (re)introducing rhetorical fieldwork. We define rhetorical fieldwork as a set of approaches that integrate rhetorical and qualitative inquiry toward the examination of in situ practices and performances in a rhetorical field. This set of approaches falls within the participatory turn in rhetorical studies, in which rhetorical scholars increasingly turn to fieldwork, interviews, and other forms of participatory research to augment conventional methodological practices. The special issue highlights four original articles that employ, exemplify, and reflect on the value of rhetorical fieldwork as a form of critical/cultural inquiry. In this introduction, we not only introduce the key themes and articles in the special issue but also compile our take on the state of the art of rhetorical fieldwork in an effort to introduce this form of research practice to those who have not encountered it before.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)511-524
    Number of pages14
    JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Cultural Studies
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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