Constituting Vegetarian Audiences: Orchestrations of Egocentric, Anthropocentric, Ecocentric Exigencies in Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals

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Department of Humanities


Employing Jonathan Safran Foer’s bestseller Eating Animals as a case study, this chapter forwards the rhetorical technique of “orchestrated appeals,” as a persuasive strategy for communicating vegetarianism to potentially resistant audiences. Orchestration, an overlaying of egocentric, anthropocentric, and ecocentric appeals, addresses a seemingly singular issue like food choice from multiple perspectives. In Foer’s case, the argument for vegetarianism resonates more broadly by way of its connections to family, ethics, health, and the environment. By mapping the web of relationships between food and varied life areas, rhetors can identify with values already held by audiences with diverse ideological commitments and explore alignments between existing beliefs and exigencies for change.

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© The Author(s) 2021. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53280-2_11

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Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series