Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rhetoric, the First Amendment, and cyberbullying: An examination of space and place in American law
by Primack, Alvin Jack, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 130; 10105279
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis, I examine how postmodern notions of space and place may shed light on legal controversies regarding cyberbullying behavior in lower courts. Using the theories of Michel de Certeau, I argue that rhetorically intervening in these controversies by way of thinking through space and place not as geographic locations, but rather as relational and communicative concepts, may clarify some of the issues school administrators and courts run into when trying to regulate cyberbullying speech. I propose a set of standards for regulating some forms of cyberbullying speech that should not encroach upon students’ First Amendment rights to political speech.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Kevin
Commitee: Asenas, Jennifer, Smith, Craig R.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Communication Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Education Policy, Rhetoric
Keywords: Cyberbullying, First amendment, Law, Place, Rhetoric, Space
Publication Number: 10105279
ISBN: 978-1-339-68765-0
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