Lydia J. Roberts’ Nutrition Research and the Rhetoric of ‘Democratic’ Science
College Composition and Communication, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 109-129, 2009
21 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2009
Date Written: 2009
This article examines nutritionist Lydia J. Roberts’s use of the “democratic approach” as a rhetorical strategy both to build solidarity among scientists and to enact participatory research in a rural Puerto Rican community. This example suggests that participatory scientific methodologies are not necessarily democratic but may function rhetorically to serve nondemocratic purposes.
Keywords: rhetoric, rhetoric of science, nutrition, democracy, methodology
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