Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Communication
atonement, communication privacy management, disclosure, Sanford, rhetorical criticism
Governor Mark Sanford was propelled to infamy after admitting an affair with an Argentinean woman in 2009. As Sanford disclosed private information about his affair, he engaged in a unique rhetorical construction of privacy boundaries. The purpose of this paper is to analyze Sanford's apology as an act of atonement (Koesten & Rowland, 2004) while he was simultaneously constructing and maintaining privacy boundaries. The author concludes that atonement should be updated to account for varying rhetorical contexts and that rhetorical criticism could benefit from the use of theories in other communication fields.
© Michael Spencer Harris
Harris, Michael Spencer, "Forgive Me Public for I Have Sinned: a Rhetorical Analysis of Mark Sanford's Apology" (2010). MSU Graduate Theses. 2516.