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RHM Author Interview (Youtube video): Cassandra (Casi) Kearney, Ph.D., author of "Mass Shootings and Mental Health: A Historical Perspective on the 'Mental Illness as Motive' Narrative"

 

RHM Author Interview (Youtube video): Cassandra (Casi) Kearney, Ph.D., author of "Mass Shootings and Mental Health: A Historical Perspective on the 'Mental Illness as Motive' Narrative"

In an effort to better understand the historical significance of the "mental illness as motive" narrative, this essay investigates what has been recognized as the first mass shooting in the modern United States--Howard Unruh's 1949 mass shooting in Camden, New Jersey. Given that mass shootings were an unprecedented phenomenon, the news media played an important role in explaining the event. As will be shown, many Americans felt uncertain about how mental illness manifested and who was vulnerable. Given the often undisclosed, albeit perceived threat of schizophrenia, the public needed reassurance that there would be some indicator of insanity. Accordingly, the media used evidence of religious fanaticism and unfavorable physical descriptions of Unruh to cast him as separate, outside, or an "other." Ultimately, the media's rhetorical choices differentiated Unruh and attempted to make mental illness easier to identify for an audience afraid of its influence.

 
Posted on: Thu, 07 May 2020More...
 

Teaching and Researching with a Mental Health Diagnosis: Practices and Perspectives on Academic Ableism

 

Abstract: Nine people with mental health diagnoses wrote a dialogue to discuss how we navigate our conditions and ask for accommodations within an academic setting. We cogitate on the challenges of obtaining a diagnosis, how and when we disclose, the affordances and challenges of our symptoms, seeking accommodations, and advocating for ourselves. We consider how current scholarship and other perspectives are changing the conversation about mental health in the academy. We conclude that while the 2008 revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act have addressed necessary accommodations, that those with mental health conditions are still seeking access.

 
Posted on: Fri, 03 Apr 2020More...
 

RHM Author Interview: Liz Angeli, Ph.D. and Christina Norwood, M.S., authors of Persuasion Brief: The Internal Rhetorical Work of a Public Health Crisis Response

 

RHM Author Interview (Youtube video): Liz Angeli, Ph.D. and Christina Norwood, M.S., authors of Persuasion Brief: The Internal Rhetorical Work of a Public Health Crisis Response

This persuasion brief suggests that the rhetorical concepts of techne and rhetorical work facilitate the creation of public health crisis communication. To illustrate this claim, we present findings from a case study with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Ebola Crisis Communications Team, a transdisciplinary group that collaborated with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the 2014 Ebola crisis. The team created multimodal documentation to support healthcare providers as they prepared to treat patients and crafted communication to alleviate the fear among health workers and the public caused by the threat of Ebola. Ultimately, we frame public health crisis communication as a rhetorical endeavor guided by a focus on failure, situated expertise, and techne. This focus pushes specialists to tend to the processes involved in creating a response, and it highlights how gut feelings factor into the process of designing and implementing a public health crisis intervention.

Angeli, E., Norwood, C. (2019) "The Internal Rhetorical Work of a Public Health Crisis Response." Rhetoric of Health & Medicine 2(2): 208-231.


 
Posted on: Sun, 01 Mar 2020More...
 

Book review: Rhetorical work in emergency medical services: Communicating in the unpredictable workplace

 

A Review of Rhetorical Work in Emergency Medical Services: Communicating in the Unpredictable Workplace

Marissa C. McKinley

Rhetorical Work in Emergency Medical Services: Communicating in the Unpredictable Workplace. By Elizabeth L. Angeli. New York, NY: Routledge, 2019. 204 pages, $47.95 paper, $23.98 e-book.

 
Posted on: Sun, 01 Mar 2020More...
 

Book review: Bounding biomedicine: Evidence and rhetoric in the new science of alternative medicine

 

A Review of Bounding Biomedicine: Evidence and Rhetoric in the New Science of Alternative Medicine

J. Blake Scott

Bounding Biomedicine: Evidence and Rhetoric in the New Science of Alternative Medicine. By Colleen Derkatch. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2016. 238 pages. $55 cloth; $10 e-book.

 
Posted on: Sun, 01 Mar 2020More...
 

Supplemental Content for Elizabeth Angeli and Christina Norwood's Persuasion Brief "The Internal Rhetorical Work of a Public Health Crisis Response"

 

PPT supplement to Angelia and Norwood's The Internal Rhetorical Work of a Public Health Crisis Response"

 
Posted on: Thu, 12 Sep 2019More...
 

RHM Editor Blake Scott's Interview with Lisa Keränen

 

Transcription of RHM Editor Blake Scott's Interview with influential rhetorician of health and medicine and bioethics scholar Lisa Keränen to get her perspective on the first special issue of the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine journal on public health, co-edited by editor Lisa Melonçon and by guest editor Jennifer Malkowski.

 
Posted on: Wed, 07 Aug 2019More...
 

RHM Author Interview: Dr. Lisa Meloncon, RHM Editor, interviews Dr. Abby Dubisar and Sara Davis on their persuasion brief, "Communicating Elective Sterilization: A Feminist Perspective"

 

Download includes 1) Interview transcript and 2) Appendices A, B, and C from Dr. Abby Dubisar and Sara Davis

 
Posted on: Sat, 02 Mar 2019More...
 

Assistant Editors' Interview with Dr. David Gruber and Dr. Jason Kalin

 

RHM Assisant Editor Podcast Interview with Dr. David Gruber and Dr. Jason Kalin on their article,"Gut Rhetorics: Towards Experiments in Living with Microbiota"

 
Posted on: Mon, 26 Nov 2018More...
 

Assistant Editors' Interview with Dr. Colleen Derkatch

 

RHM Assistant Editor Dr. Ellie Browning interviews Dr. Colleen Derkatch on her article, "The Self-Generating Language of Wellness and Natural Health"

 
Posted on: Sat, 13 Oct 2018More...
 


This section of the RHM website, in conjunction with the RHM Digital Repository Site at the University of Central Florida, will feature a variety of multimedia and supplemental elements that extend the journal’s published content and/or function as stand-alone content. Examples include digital versions of research articles with multimedia content; videos or podcasts offering “behind the scenes” looks into studies; and open access commentaries, persuasion briefs, and other published content. The primary goal of this section, and the Repository Sites, is to connect RHM research to broader groups of stakeholders (e.g., practitioners, policymakers, publics) who could benefit from it.