In a post-Katrina era, New Orleans is undergoing a substantial social, racial, ethnic, and environmental transformation. Known as a gumbo of cultures before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has seen a dramatic reduction in its population and cultural communities since the hurricane. Only 47 percent of the pre-Katrina population have returned to the city by 2007. This exploratory study seeks to extend understanding about the critical role of rhetoric in (re)building communities. To that end, it proposes to unveil the rhetorical and social construction of American Muslims’ identities and community while rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Katrina in the city of New Orleans. In this paper, we offer a transcultural rhetorical perspective as one of many perspectives to examine the relationship between rhetoric as art and community. Second, we provide a rhetorical analysis of selected public spaces, Internet sites, and narratives as objects of identity and community (re)building. Third, we discuss implications of the role of contemporary rhetoric in the reconstruction of self and community.
|Keywords:||Community, Identity, Muslim, Rhetoric, Social Construction, Transculturalism|
Associate Professor and Department of Communications Chair, Department of Communications, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA, USA
Doctoral candidate, Speech Communication Department, Xavier University of Louisiana, Hattiesburg, LA, USA
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