Although the U.S. political sphere remains predominantly white and predominantly male, it has grown more diverse with each recent election cycle. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been one of those new voices in Congress, advocating for progressive policies such as the Green New Deal, the abolition of ICE, and universal healthcare. This study sought to better understand the rhetorical strategies Ocasio-Cortez utilized throughout her first term in Congress to challenge hegemonies. Through a feminist critique, I contend she utilized variations of reframing, generating new perspectives, enacting, and juxtaposing incongruities to maneuver issues mainly of sexism and classism. These strategies, in turn, signal that meaningful resistance can be achieved within existing institutions through active rhetorical strategies.
Hopkins, Sarah Ives, "'It's Time For One of Us': A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's First Term in Congress" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9585.
Arts and Humanities
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, rhetoric, hegemony, politics
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar
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