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Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America

Leslie Dorrough Smith


Scholars who study the Christian Right often claim that the movement’s distinction lies in its moral absolutism and religious fervor. Through a detailed rhetorical study of one of the nation’s leading conservative Christian women’s organizations, Concerned Women for America (CWA), Righteous Rhetoric argues that the absolute, ordered platforms for which CWA is known are not the linchpin of its political power. Rather, such absolutes are the by-product of a more fundamental rhetorical process called “chaos rhetoric,” a type of speech designed to create a heightened sense of social chaos and thre ... More

Keywords: Christian Right, rhetoric, sexuality, gender, reproduction, Concerned Women for America, chaos rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Dorrough Smith, author
Avila University