Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

1. Our Sofas, Ourselves

Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

Leslie Dorrough Smith [+-]
Avila University
Dr. Dorrough Smith's most recent research focuses on the cultural significance of American Conservative Protestant rhetoric, with special emphasis on the Christian Right. Many scholars who study the Christian Right (NCR) often account for the movement's popularity and distinction by pointing to its absolutist moral positions, its religious fervor, and its selective embrace of seemingly anti-modernist platforms. Unlike other theories of conservative power that focus on the allure of such moral absolutes, Dr. Dorrough Smith's work shows how these absolutes are really not the defining quality of the movement. Rather, they are the byproduct of a certain type of rhetoric (which she calls "chaos rhetoric") that uses chaos, rather than order, imagery to induce persuasion and thereby secure social power. Her work focuses on the linguistic engineering involved in producing chaos rhetoric, and how such movements depend on the strategic manipulation of specific cultural symbols to naturalize and "sell" their political interests.


Of the myriad ways in which identities are constructed, telling the origin of something often acts as a natural authorizing statement.

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Dorrough Smith, Leslie . 1. Our Sofas, Ourselves. Fabricating Origins. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 9-11 May 2015. ISBN 9781781791752. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24323. Date accessed: 16 Feb 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24323. May 2015

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