Activism and Social Movement
An attention to activist rhetoric runs throughout my research program. In my analysis of nuclear controversies, I have uncovered strategies of control to which anti-nuclear activists must respond, suggested tactics for activists to use to engage in highly technocratic decision-making settings, and examined the environmental justice implications of nuclear technologies. My interest in environmental activism led me to closely watch the development of climate activism over the past ten years. In 2007, Professor Leah Sprain (CU Boulder), Professor Tarla Rai Peterson (University of Texas, El Paso), and I organized a national research project to evaluate the rhetorical dynamics of the Step It Up climate change movement started by Bill McKibben and his students at Middlebury College. The 2007 campaign provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on communication about climate change, the dynamics of loosely organized web-based activism, the state of environmentalism, and the beginnings of the now widespread climate activism movement. I was the lead editor of Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action, a book that emerged out of our project, which won the National Communication Association’s Christine L. Oravec Book Award in Environmental Communication in 2010. Native American activism is also a significant area of interest, resulting in publications analyzing the Free Leonard Peltier movement and resistance to Native American mascots. My most recent contribution to scholarship on activist rhetoric is a theoretical examination into the role of place/space in activism. “Location Matters: The Rhetoric of Place in Protest,”draws from thinking in critical geography to introduce place in protest as a critical heuristic for theorizing and analyzing the use of place as a rhetorical tactic in activism. Likewise, I worked with Senda-Cook and Brian Cozen, to articulate the spatial tactics of the PARK(ing) Day movement with a theory of spatial argument (Argumentation & Advocacy).
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Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael Middleton, & Danielle Endres, “Rhetorical Cartographies: (Counter) Mapping Urban Spaces,” in The Places of Persuasion: Studying Rhetoric in the Field, eds., Candace Rai & Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, forthcoming. (Invited)
Samantha Senda-Cook, Michael K. Middleton, & Danielle Endres, “Interrogating the Field,” in Text + Field: Innovations in Rhetorical Method, eds., Sara L. McKinnon, Robert Asen, Karma R. Chavez, &, Robert Glenn Howard, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2016, 22-39. (Invited)
Danielle Endres, “American Indian Permission for Mascots: Resistance or Complicity within Rhetorical Colonialism,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs 18, no. 4 (2015): 649-689.
Danielle Endres, “The (Im)possibility of Voice in Environmental Advocacy,” [response essay] in Voice and Environmental Communication, eds. Jennifer Peeples & Stephen Depoe, Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 110-124. (Invited)
Danielle Endres, “Animist Intersubjectivity as Argumentation: Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute Arguments Against a Nuclear Waste Site at Yucca Mountain,” Argumentation 27, no. 2 (2013): 183-200.
Danielle Endres, “Sacred Land or National Sacrifice Zone: Competing Values in the Yucca Mountain Controversy,” Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture 6, no. 3 (2012): 328-345.
Danielle Endres, “American Indian Activism and Audience: Rhetorical Analysis of Leonard Peltier’s Response to Denial of Clemency,” Communication Reports 24, no. 1 (2011): 1-11.
Danielle Endres & Samantha Senda-Cook*, “Location Matters: The Rhetoric of Place in Protest,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 97, no. 3 (2011): 257-282.
Danielle Endres, Leah Sprain, and Tarla Rai Peterson, eds., Social Movement for Climate Change: Local Action for Global Change. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2009.
Danielle Endres, Leah Sprain, & Tarla Rai Peterson, “The Imperative of Praxis-based Environmental Communication Research: Suggestions from the Step It Up 2007 National Research Project,” [praxis article] Environmental Communication: Journal of Nature and Culture 2, no. 2 (2008), 237-245. (Invited)