Histories of the Future: Discursive antithesis on progress and social change in radical education

Date of Award

August 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication and Rhetorical Studies


Dana L. Cloud


antithesis, Black Panther Party, critical pedagogy, radical education

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences


This thesis explores the rhetoric of social change as demonstrated in radical programs of education. The concept of radical social change necessarily disrupts hegemonic ideas of subjectivity. This study focuses on the Black Panther Intercommunal News Service as a source of political education to investigate how radical pedagogues constructed the contemporaneous moment as a meaningful time for radical consciousness. Subjective and historical antithesis are discussed as rhetorical strategies which provoke new cognition about who the oppressed are are and what they can do in the face of the stifling contradictions of global capitalism. This study does not definitively laud antithesis as a rhetorical strategy, but rather concludes with reflections on the radical potential of antithesis in the moments before revolution.


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