After the International Bill of Human Rights (IBHR): Introduction to Special Issue on Human Rights and Professional Communication

David Alan Sapp, Gerald Savage, Kyle Mattson


If published work is at all a reliable indicator, the issue of human rights has not yet emerged as a consistent thread in professional communication scholarship: but over the past decade the literature has addressed themes related to the larger issue of human rights. Such themes include, among others, social justice and globalization; critical responses to development and globalization; critical race theory and whiteness studies; and discourses of diverse publics and indigenous knowledges (Agboka, 2013a, 2013b; Bowdon, 2004; Broadfoot & Munshi, 2007; Haas, 2012; Johnson, Pimentel, & Pimentel, 2008; Lipus, 2006; Mattson, 2013; Nugent, 2013; Savage & Mattson, 2011; Savage & Matveeva, 2011; Smith, 2012; Surma, 2005; Voss & Flammia, 2007; Walton, 2013; Williams, 2010; Williams & Pimentel, 2012); (T. Herrington, 2011; T. K. Herrington, 2001). Williams and Pimentel noted a “reticence to discuss such topics in technical communication research and literature” (272). And yet, we cannot pretend that human rights has no significance for scholarship, teaching, and practice of professional communication, especially where it concerns developing nations and marginalized populations.


human rights; professional communication; rhetoric

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