Protecting Patriarchy: an Historical/Critical Analysis of Promise Keepers, an All-Male Social Movement

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The historical survey of social movements in the United States reveals that the movement is a rhetorical ground occupied by groups who have been marginalized by society. Today, however, the distinctions between those who are marginalized and those who are part of the establishment have become difficult to distinguish. This study considers the emergence of Promise Keepers, an all-male social movement, and the rhetorical themes that emerge from the group. This study identifies five rhetorical themes in Promise Keepers. These themes include asserting authority of men in the home and church, the creation of a new male identity, sports and ... continued below

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Eddleman, Libby Jean December 1998.

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The historical survey of social movements in the United States reveals that the movement is a rhetorical ground occupied by groups who have been marginalized by society. Today, however, the distinctions between those who are marginalized and those who are part of the establishment have become difficult to distinguish. This study considers the emergence of Promise Keepers, an all-male social movement, and the rhetorical themes that emerge from the group. This study identifies five rhetorical themes in Promise Keepers. These themes include asserting authority of men in the home and church, the creation of a new male identity, sports and war rhetoric, political rhetoric, and racial reconciliation. The implications of these themes are considered from a critical perspective and areas for future research are provided.

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Eddleman, Libby Jean. Protecting Patriarchy: an Historical/Critical Analysis of Promise Keepers, an All-Male Social Movement, thesis, December 1998; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278756/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .