Disingenuous Controversy: Responses to Ward Churchill's 9/11 Essay
9/11, collective memory, controversy, disingenuous controversy, ripeness, Ward Churchill
Argumentation and Advocacy
The response to Ward Churchill's essay, “‘Some People Push Back’: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,” is used to explore disingenuous controversy, that is, controversy that closes off, rather than expands, argumentative space. An interesting mix of public argument about U.S. foreign policy, the national grieving process, and negotiation over collective memory positioned Churchill's essay as a location through which to assert disciplinary power over what is (not) considered an acceptable statement about 9/11. The time was ripe for pseudo-controversy as a means of stifling genuine controversy.
Original Publication Date
DOI of published version
Fritch, John; Palczewski, Catherine Helen; Farrell, Jennifer; and Short, Eric, "Disingenuous Controversy: Responses to Ward Churchill's 9/11 Essay" (2006). Faculty Publications. 2833.