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Gardner, Christine J. (Christine Joy) 1969-

Overview
Works: 3 works in 12 publications in 1 language and 1,101 library holdings
Roles: Author
Classifications: HQ63, 261.835708350973
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Most widely held works by Christine J Gardner
Making chastity sexy the rhetoric of evangelical abstinence campaigns by Christine J Gardner( )
10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Even though they are immersed in sex-saturated society, millions of teens are pledging to remain virgins until their wedding night. How are evangelical Christians persuading young people to wait until marriage? Christine J. Gardner looks closely at the language of the chastity movement and discovers a savvy campaign that uses sex to "sell" abstinence. Drawing from interviews with evangelical leaders and teenagers, she examines the strategy to shift from a negative "just say no" approach to a positive one: "just say yes" to great sex within marriage. Making chastity sexy sheds new light on an a
Choosing to wait: Rhetorical agency as persuasion in the evangelical sexual abstinence movement in the United States and Africa by Christine J Gardner( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
How do evangelicals rhetorically construct sexual abstinence? This study examines the abstinence efforts of four evangelical organizations: True Love Waits, Silver Ring Thing, Pure Freedom, and World Relief. Using archival data, participant observation of abstinence events, and interviews with producers and receivers of the movement, I offer a cross-cultural comparison of the role of rhetoric in a social movement in the United States and Africa. The study begins with an examination of media framing of the reproductive issues of infertility, abstinence, partial-birth abortion, and RU-486. Through the circulation of choice rhetoric in reproductive issues, I suggest that evangelicals use rhetorical agency as a means of persuasion, portraying teenagers as choice-making individuals who can control their bodies and "just say wait" to sex. The movement uses sex to "sell" abstinence, shifting from a negative focus of "just say no" to sex before marriage to a positive focus of "just say yes" to great sex within marriage. This project contributes to rhetorical theory by explicating the role of personal testimony as embodied argument and the normative and subversive nature of agency in gender construction. Key U.S.-Africa comparative findings include a positive focus on purity vs. a negative focus on fearing God and AIDS; pleasing God has tangible benefits for the individual vs. pleasing God is an end in itself; sin as an individual problem vs. sin as a structural problem; the condom as a tool of promiscuity vs. the condom as a tool for saving lives; and females possess power over their bodies vs. females bear responsibility for their bodies. This study also addresses the role of religion in the public sphere by suggesting that religious rhetoric achieves greater accessibility and resonance when it adopts the language of the public, but it may lose its transcendence in the process
The national identity dynamic and the media : an analysis of U.S. national identity in media narratives of post-Cold War conflicts of Somalia and Bosnia by Christine J Gardner( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Gardner, Christine Joy 1969-
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English (12)
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