Texas Tech University

Alumni College Fellow

Abigail Selzer-King


"How do organizations use metaphoric systemicity?: A rhetorical examination of documents from the Women of the Ku Klux Klan (1923-1931)"

This project examines the language Women of the Ku Klux Klan (1923-1931) used to describe their organization at regional and national levels.  These strategies demonstrate tensions between the WKKK headquarters' interest in strictly regulating certain components of the organization and the broad-spectrum local control that was given on other issues.  It also shows an intricately developed system of organizational metaphors built on idea that the WKKK was an army. Military metaphors have long been used as  a template for organizing and texts created throughout the WKKK show this metaphor developed in a variety of contexts--from enlistment to fighting enemies.

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