Constructing a participatory citizenship: Rhetoric and agency of the Revolutionary Association of the women of Afghanistan

Lauren Marie Bostrom Connolly, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

This project addresses the various constructions of citizenship and considers the concept of a participatory citizenship. The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) is an example of how citizenship activities are performed by a transnational feminist organization and how the members' actions contrast with the frames about Afghan women provided by the United States government and news outlets. Feminist critical discourse analysis is used to analyze texts from these groups in order to consider how citizenship is constructed and/or denied to othered women. The texts analyzed demonstrate how colonial concepts impact Afghan women and feminist rhetorical studies demonstrates the connections between activist work and rhetoric.^

Subject Area

Women's Studies|Language, Rhetoric and Composition

Recommended Citation

Connolly, Lauren Marie Bostrom, "Constructing a participatory citizenship: Rhetoric and agency of the Revolutionary Association of the women of Afghanistan" (2014). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI3623388.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI3623388

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