The Argument Culture

Author : Deborah Tannen
ISBN : 9780345407511
Genre : Social Science
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The author of You Just Don't Understand decries the state of public discourse in America, showing how it operates as a debate between false extremes rather than a dialogue in pursuit of complex truths. Reprint.
Category: Social Science

The Argument Culture

Author : Deborah Tannen
ISBN : 9780307765536
Genre : Social Science
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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.
Category: Social Science

The Purposeful Argument A Practical Guide

Author : Harry Phillips
ISBN : 9781428230729
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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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.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Cooperstown Symposium On Baseball And American Culture 1999

Author : Peter M. Rutkoff
ISBN : 0786408324
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Sociocultural And Historical Contexts Of African American English

Author : Sonja L. Lanehart
ISBN : 158811046X
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This volume, based on presentations at a 1998 state of the art conference at the University of Georgia, critically examines African American English (AAE) socially, culturally, historically, and educationally. It explores the relationship between AAE and other varieties of English (namely Southern White Vernaculars, Gullah, and Caribbean English creoles), language use in the African American community (e.g., Hip Hop, women's language, and directness), and application of our knowledge about AAE to issues in education (e.g., improving overall academic success). To its credit (since most books avoid the issue), the volume also seeks to define the term 'AAE' and challenge researchers to address the complexity of defining a language and its speakers. The volume collectively tries to help readers better understand language use in the African American community and how that understanding benefits all who value language variation and the knowledge such study brings to our society.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Library And Information Center Management 8th Edition

Author : Robert D. Stueart
ISBN : 9781610693264
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This updated edition of the renowned library management textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the techniques needed to effectively manage a contemporary library or information center.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Unexceptional

Author : Marc J. O'Reilly
ISBN : 0739105906
Genre : History
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Unexceptional examines U.S. policy vis-à-vis the Persian Gulf since the Second World War. It asserts that the American experience in this strategic yet volatile region known for its plentiful oil and gas can be best understood as an unexceptional imperial endeavor similar in kind to that of the British and Ottoman empires of previous eras.
Category: History

United We Fall

Author : Philip T. Neisser
ISBN : 0313358850
Genre : Political Science
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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.
Category: Political Science