Extraction Politics

The RSA Series in Transdisciplinary Rhetoric is published by the Pennsylvania State University Press in collaboration with the Rhetoric Society of America.

About the series

Books published in this series consider rhetoric as both a practice and as a theoretical lens through which to engage other fields, and they investigate how rhetoric itself is complicated as a result of this transdisciplinary exchange. They appeal, first, to scholars in communication studies and English or writing and, second, to at least one other discipline or subject area. These include, but are not limited to, the rhetoric of science; posthumanist rhetorics; animal studies; the relation of rhetoric and law; digital and visual rhetorics; the intersections of rhetoric and the medical sciences; the networks of rhetoric and economics. Books are well written and accessible to a broad range of students and scholars, as well as innovative and rigorously argued, combining theoretical sophistication with smart case analysis.

submissions to the series

Submissions should include a 3–5-page proposal outlining the intent of the project, its scope, its relation to other work on the topic, the anticipated audience, and what makes it transdisciplinary, including an explanation of what the project promises to contribute to another discipline (or disciplines) and how this transdisciplinary engagement will complicate rhetoric as a field of inquiry. Please also include 1 or 2 sample chapters (at least 1 body chapter) and a current CV.

discount info

  • For orders within the US please use discount code RHSA40
  • For orders from the UK / European distributor please use discount code RHSAM

RSA-STR Series Editors

Rhetoric needs more audacious scholarship, and Every Living Thing is audacious yet rigorous. The inclusive nature of Johnson’s approach is exemplary. Scholars of rhetoric will be citing from all parts of this book for years to come.

Debra Hawhee

author of Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw: Animals, Language, Sensation

Browse the series

  • Extraction Politics

    Nicholas S. Paliewicz

    Rio Tinto and the Corporate Persona Nicholas S. Paliewicz An investigation into one of the largest and most lucrative mineral mining companies in the world, Rio Tinto, Extraction Politics reveals how the […]

    Read More
  • The Wound and the Stitch

    Loretta Victoria Ramirez

    A Genealogy of the Female Body from Medieval Iberia to SoCal Chicanx Art Loretta Victoria Ramirez The Wound and the Stitch traces a history of imagery and language centered on the […]

    Read More
  • Nestwork: New Material Rhetorics for Precarious Species

    Jennifer Clary-Lemon

    As more and more species fall under the threat of extinction, humans are not only taking action to protect critical habitats but are also engaging more directly with species to […]

    Read More
  • Rhetoric in Debt

    Kellie Sharp-Hoskins

    In recent years, household indebtedness in the United States reached its highest levels in history. From mortgages to student loans, from credit card bills to US deficit spending, debt is […]

    Read More
  • Every Living Thing: The Politics of Life in Common

    Jenell Johnson

    This book examines the question of what we mean when we talk about life, revealing new insights into what life is, what it does, and why it matters. Jenell Johnson […]

    Read More
  • The Evolution of Mathematics: A Rhetorical Approach

    G. Mitchell Reyes

    There is a growing awareness among researchers in the humanities and social sciences of the rhetorical force of mathematical discourse—whether in regard to gerrymandering, facial recognition technologies, or racial biases […]

    Read More


Joining RSA puts you into direct contact — via this website, RSA conferences and institutes, and other RSA members-only resources — with a large and growing interdisciplinary group of scholars who share your interest in rhetoric. Members receive access to Rhetoric Society Quarterly, special rates on events, and are eligible to be nominated for RSA awards.