The Argument Culture

Author: Deborah Tannen
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780307765536
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In her number one bestseller, You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen showed why talking to someone of the other sex can be like talking to someone from another world. Her bestseller Talking from 9 to 5 did for workplace communication what You Just Don't Understand did for personal relationships. Now Tannen is back with another groundbreaking book, this time widening her lens to examine the way we communicate in public--in the media, in politics, in our courtrooms and classrooms--once again letting us see in a new way forces that have been powerfully shaping our lives. The Argument Culture is about a pervasive warlike atmosphere that makes us approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between two opposing sides. The argument culture urges us to regard the world--and the people in it--in an adversarial frame of mind. It rests on the assumption that opposition is the best way to get anything done: The best way to explore an idea is to set up a debate; the best way to cover the news is to find spokespeople who express the most extreme, polarized views and present them as "both sides"; the best way to settle disputes is litigation that pits one party against the other; the best way to begin an essay is to oppose someone; and the best way to show you're really thinking is to criticize and attack. Sometimes these approaches work well, but often they create more problems than they solve. Our public encounters have become more and more like having an argument with a spouse: You're not trying to understand what the other person is saying; you're just trying to win the argument. But just as spouses have to learn ways of settling differences without inflicting real damage on each other, so we, as a society, have to find constructive and creative ways of resolving disputes and differences. Public discussions require making an argument for a point of view, not having an argument--as in having a fight. The war on drugs, the war on cancer, the battle of the sexes, politicians' turf battles--in the argument culture, war metaphors pervade our talk and shape our thinking. Tannen shows how deeply entrenched this cultural tendency is, the forms it takes, and how it affects us every day--sometimes in useful ways, but often causing, rather than avoiding, damage. In the argument culture, the quality of information we receive is compromised, and our spirits are corroded by living in an atmosphere of unrelenting contention. Tannen explores the roots of the argument culture, the role played by gender, and how other cultures suggest alternative ways to negotiate disagreement and mediate conflicts--and make things better, in public and in private, wherever people are trying to resolve differences and get things done. The Argument Culture is a remarkable book that will change forever the way you perceive the world. You will listen to our public voices in a whole new way.

The Purposeful Argument A Practical Guide

Author: Harry Phillips
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781428230729
Size: 20.63 MB
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THE PURPOSEFUL ARGUMENT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE encourages students to recognize where argument fits into their lives and how it can be a practical response to the issues in a variety of communities -- School, Workplace, Family, Neighborhood, Social-Cultural, Consumer, and Concerned Citizen. When students are encouraged to honor and respond to issues that matter to them, their investment becomes evident and their writing purposeful. Students learn how argument can become an essential negotiating skill in their lives -- both in school and beyond. With a focus on accessibility, THE PURPOSEFUL ARGUMENT relies on clear explanations, explicit examples, and practical step-by-step exercises that guide students through the process of building an argument. An innovative anthology of arguments and readings, arranged by community, covers a wide range of cutting-edge issues that address concerns of many student writers. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Cooperstown Symposium On Baseball And American Culture 1999

Author: Peter M. Rutkoff
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786408324
Size: 17.75 MB
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This is an anthology of 23 papers that were presented at the Eleventh Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held June 9-11, 1999, and co-sponsored by the State University of New York at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The papers focus on the antecedents of baseball and the early history of America's national pastime and are divided into five parts: "Baseball and the American Imagination," "Baseball and American Culture," "Baseball and American Society," "Baseball and American Business" and "Baseball and the Fan." The preface is by series editor Alvin L. Hall, and an introduction is provided by the editor of the volume, Peter M. Rutkoff.

United We Fall

Author: Philip T. Neisser
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 0313358850
Size: 19.89 MB
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Instead of more unity, what America needs is more disagreement, whereby people routinely engage in conversations that cross borders of political, religious, and philosophical difference, extremes included, with no expectation of reaching agreement.

Persuasion In Your Life

Author: Shawn Wahl
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317345718
Size: 13.68 MB
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Persuasion in Your Life speaks directly to the student by focusing on actual life experiences–from critically viewing persuasive public campaigns to making business and health care decisions. The book reflects a balance of theory and application and draws material from communication, psychology, and other disciplines. Through its use of rhetoric, criticism, and social scientific research, the book helps readers understand, analyze, and use persuasion in their life and career.

A Culture Of Engagement

Author: Cathleen Kaveny
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781626163027
Size: 17.70 MB
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Religious traditions in the United States have been characterized by an ongoing tension between assimilation to the broader culture, typically reflected by mainline Protestant churches, and defiant rejection of cultural incursions, as witnessed by more sectarian movements such as Mormonism and Hassidism. But legal theorist and theologian Cathleen Kaveny contends that religious traditions do not need to swim in either the Current of Openness or the Current of Identity. There is a third possibility, which she calls the Current of Engagement, which accommodates and respects tradition but which recognizes the need to interact with culture to remain relevant and to offer a prophetic critique of social and political and legal and economic practice. In fifty-six brief articles Kaveny illustrates the implications of the Current of Engagement in American public life. The articles are organized into five chapters or sections: Law as Teacher; Religious Liberty and its Limits; Conversations about Culture; Conversations about Belief; and Cases and Controversies. Kaveny provides astonishing insights into a range of hot-button issues: abortion, assisted suicide, government-sponsored torture, contraception, the Ashley Treatment, capital punishment, and the role of religious faith in a pluralistic society.