In defense of nudism: rhetorical analysis of the naturist society's website -- -- Restricted access to full text
Tan, Chai Fang
AdvisorDooley, Patricia L.
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Chai Fang Tan. (2012). In Defense of Nudism: Rhetorical analysis of The Naturist Society's Website. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.132-133
Nudism aka naturism, is a controversial practice popularized mainly in the Western cultures where individuals get together to go skinny-dipping, sunbathing, or simply enjoying leisure activities in the nude in assigned locations. For decades, there have been many arguments about naturists' activities. This study aims to identify how naturists seek to gain social acceptance in The Naturist Society's website. Using a rhetorical analysis method, this study answers three main questions: First, how are nudists represented in the organization's website; second, what arguments do they express; and third, do the representations of nudists in the website constitute a system of justification. Future studies are needed to better understand the justifications from both sides of the argument.
Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Elliott School of Communication, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences