This journal publishes studies of health and medicine that take a rhetorical perspective. Such studies combine rhetorical analysis with any number of other methodologies, including critical/cultural analysis, ethnography, qualitative analysis, and quantitative analysis. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine seeks to bring together humanities and social scientific research traditions in a rhetorically focused journal to allow scholars to build new interdisciplinary theories, methodologies, and insights that can impact our understanding of health, illness, healing, and wellness. 

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Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021): Food as Medicine Special Issue

Published: 2022-01-18

The Rhetoric of Food as Medicine

Introduction to Special Issue on the Rhetoric of Food and Health

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch



Guest editor's introduction to the special issue on the rhetoric of food and health.

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Kincentricity and Indigenous Wellbeing

Food(ways) and/as Holistic Health in the Native Medicine Wheel

Rachel Presley



This manuscript explores the rhetorical coupling of food as a holistic health initiative across two Indigenous organizations—Indian Health...

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Eating Data

The Rhetorics of Food, Medicine, and Technology in Employee Wellness Programs

Danielle Stambler



This article explores how food-related practices are discursively constructed in an employee wellness program (EWP). Drawing on qualitative...

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Toxically Clean

Homophonic Expertise, Goop, and the Ideology of Choice

Julie Homchick Crowe



The public’s declining trust in health advice from traditional outlets has long been noted by scholars. But what makes alternative sources for...

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The Dialectic of Food Swamps and Clean Food

Ecological Interventions for Disrupting Individualizing Frames of Food Choice

Emma Lozon



Applying an ecological rhetorical approach, this article examines the online circulation of arguments about food choice in two seemingly...

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The Rhetoric of Vegan/Vegetarianism, and Health, Medicine, and Culture

A Dialogue

Erin Trauth, Vasile Stanescu, Susan Levin, Carrie P. Freeman, Laura Wright, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau



This dialogue piece provides scholars of the rhetoric of health and medicine with a close examination of vegan and vegetarian diets/lifestyles...

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