Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Place becomes us: Kairotic entelechy, identification, and political economy in Harney County, Oregon
by Evans, Donna Jean, Ph.D., Washington State University, 2011, 337; 3460380
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explores theories concerning time and place as instances of what Aristotle terms kairos, here coupled with the Burkean rendering of entelechy. Together, the terms work through the will to invent and participate in processes of change as a kind of kairotic entelechy, with outcomes ranging between and including the Burkean binary of identification and division. Kairotic entelechy then gets placed alongside considerations of political economy, so as to study the current dynamics of Harney County, Oregon, where the traditional timber industry has all but disappeared and agriculture faces increasing outside pressure from environmental concerns. These pressures have motivated changes in the ways community leaders and members use rhetoric to present the county inside and outside its boundaries. The results of these considerations and observations are that origins and outcomes of rhetorical processes can be traced through the concept of kairotic entelechy, which ultimately requires hope to stimulate the human desire for change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Villanueva, Victor, Jr.
Commitee: Arola, Kristin, Ericsson, Patricia
School: Washington State University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-A 72/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Geography, Economics, Rhetoric
Keywords: Change, Entelechy, Harney County, Kairos, Oregon, Political economy, Spatiality, Theory
Publication Number: 3460380
ISBN: 978-1-124-72165-1
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