Author

Linda Janus

Defense Date

11-6-2009

Graduation Date

2009

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Janie Harden Fritz

Committee Member

Ronald Arnett

Committee Member

Kathleen Glenister Roberts

Keywords

nemesis ethic, reconciliation discourse, retribalization through forgiveness, stakeholder ethics, victim responsibility

Abstract

If an offender's credibility is the first and last victim of an offense, by what communication processes may credibility be recovered by the offender, and with what responsibility from the victim to the process? What responsibilities do other stakeholders have to the offender in defense of the common narrative? Based on phenomenological reflection for stakeholder ethics that requires a quadraic dialogue framed in the topics of harms and rights, but also the reluctant testimony of benefits and responsibilities credited to the offense, each stakeholder in the event becomes culpable to it, responsibility not necessarily for the prologue to violence, but for the project of restoring civic and corporate credibility through a dialogue of remembering and forgetting, and the epilogue of hope for a future of history by reconciliation discourse from transactional acts of pardon and expectation to transformational acts of love and forgiveness.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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