Veera Korhonen

discovering rhetoric

Commonplace: The Definition of Citizenship

Commonplace: The Definition of Citizenship

“Politics should be about people, not territory” (Fleming, 23)

In this quote from Fleming’s book, City of Rhetoric, he claims that politics are more about territory than the actual people involved. I agree with this, because politics are largely based on individuals trying to evoke change in the area that they inhabit. Yet, without territory being a main factor, politics loses it’s main focus. Without a place to fight for, politics could become meaningless. In theory, democracy should be about more than just the places we share, but creating a better community is how politics is used to bring us together. Territory gives individuals a purpose, something that they want to evoke change in.


Works Cited

Fleming, David. “The Placelessness of Political Theory.” Preface. City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America. Albany: SUNY, 2008. 19-35. Print.

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