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dc.contributor.advisorNewsom, Eric
dc.contributor.advisorGeiger, Wendy L.
dc.contributor.advisorIlu, Musa
dc.contributor.authorChrisman, Micah, J.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 80-91)en_US
dc.description.abstractThis research examined the evolution of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement from a social movement rhetoric (SMR) standpoint. Specifically, it explored the “confrontational rhetoric,” “image rhetoric,” and “body rhetoric” of the Ferguson, Mo., protestors and their utilization of the “Hands up, don’t shoot!” gesture after a local 18-year-old black youth, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. In the year since Brown’s death, the Ferguson protests continue to spark similar demonstrations across the U.S., and all over the world. Since the Ferguson protests, and later the BLM demonstrations, are affecting public policies, law enforcement, and political leaders alike, this researcher discovered that the persuasive arguments being made within this movement highlight societal issues regarding racial discrimination, police brutality, and the militarization of police forces within the U.S. Overall, the rhetorical analysis of these demonstrations affords better insight into the persuasive exigencies fueling this movement and the social and political implications that have followed in its wake.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (vii, 91 pages)en_US
dc.subjectThesis -- Nonverbal communication.en_US
dc.subject.lcshNonverbal communication.en_US
dc.subject.lcshFerguson (Mo.).en_US
dc.title"Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" The Body Rhetoric of Fergusonen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US of Central Missourien_US

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