Words Must Mean Something

September 13, 2012

My latest academic study is in the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies. Here is the citation:

Kaylor, B. T. (2012). Words Must Mean Something: Barack Obama's Rhetoric and the Nobel Peace Prize. Journal for Peace and Justice Study, 22, 58-73.
Here is the abstract for the article:
When the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced United States of America President Barack Obama as the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, many commentators quickly questioned the choice. Conservatives in particular argued that Obama had not yet accomplished anything to warrant such recognition. Such remarks promoted a perspective that creates a dichotomy between words and action, between rhetoric and policies. However, this rhetorical analysis considers four important rhetorical acts by Obama that involved more than just words but actual progress toward peace. The four speeches by Obama analyzed are his inaugural address, his address in Prague on nuclear weapons, his speech at Cairo University, and his speech to the United Nations. Implications are considered concerning the importance of scholars examining peace rhetoric.
Those with a subscription to the journal (or institutional access) can read the article here.

2 comments

  1. Yep, this Obama peace deal is really going well!

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  2. It may surprise you (since I assume you did not read my study), but I actually agree with you. The study is not a defense of Obama as the person who deserved the Prize (and it definitely is not a defense of his war actions since receiving the Prize). Rather, the study examines the role of rhetoric and false claims made about it.

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