The Argument Culture

Moving from Debate to Dialogue

Author: Deborah Tannen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307765539

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 7040

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 Argument Culture

Stopping America's War of Words

Author: Deborah Tannen

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345407512

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

View: 6820

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.

The Purposeful Argument: A Practical Guide

Author: Harry Phillips,Patricia Bostian

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133168515

Category: Education

Page: 624

View: 6752

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.

Issues In Race And Ethnicity, 6th Edition

Author: Congressional Quarterly, inc

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1452227810

Category: Political Science

Page: 318

View: 9956

This new sixth edition brings together nuanced treatment of some of todayÆs most pressing matters in the politics of race and ethnicity, from immigration policy and the changing demographics of the U.S. electorate to promoting racial diversity in public schools and the impact of hate speech. Sure to spark lively classroom discussion, Issues in Race and Ethnicity allows students to see an issue from all sides and examine how policy is made and implemented. Each chapter examines the key players, stakes, and lessons for the future, while covering the range of fact, analysis, and opinion surrounding each issue. For current coverage, your students will appreciate the balanced and unbiased reporting of CQ Researcher, along with the following useful features: a pron box that examines two competing sides of a single question; a detailed chronology; an annotated bibliography and web resources; and photos, charts, graphs, and maps. Customize your own book! Choose from an extensive collection of CQ Researcher articles and create the Issues in Race and Ethnicity that is perfect for your class. Find out more at

Teaching Literacy for Love and Wisdom

Being the Book and Being the Change

Author: Jeffrey D. Wilhelm,Bruce Novak

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807770825

Category: Education

Page: 253

View: 2670

This book lays out a new vision for the teaching of English, building on themes central to Wilhelm's influential "You Gotta BE The Book." With portraits of teachers and students, as well as practical strategies and advice, they provide a roadmap to educational transformation far beyond the field of English. --from publisher description

Invitation to Public Speaking

Author: Cindy Griffin

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495006556

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 589

Help your students understand the power and importance of public speaking in their lives and in greater society. INVITATION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING will help your students acquire the speaking skills they'll need to succeed in your classroom and in the real world. Grounded in the rhetorical tradition while offering a fresh perspective, this text engages students in the public dialogue, encourages civic engagement and shows them that they will use these skills beyond the classroom. Griffin also explains the reasons why certain things must be done and, most importantly, why students would want to speak publicly. Numerous pedagogical tools, speech-building exercises, thoughtful real-life examples, an invigorating art program, and an engaging voice will help your students easily comprehend the text's basic concepts, apply them in and out of the classroom, and understand the importance of public speaking in their lives. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

That's Not What I Meant!

How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Relationships

Author: Deborah Tannen

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062210114

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 4415

At home, on the job, in a personal relationship, it's often not what you say but how you say it that counts. Deborah Tannen revolutionized our thinking about relationships between women and men in her #1 bestseller You Just Don't Understand. In That's Not What I Meant!, the internationally renowned sociolinguist and expert on communication demonstrates how our conversational signals—voice level, pitch and intonation, rhythm and timing, even the simple turns of phrase we choose—are powerful factors in the success or failure of any relationship. Regional speech characteristics, ethnic and class backgrounds, age, and individual personality all contribute to diverse conversational styles that can lead to frustration and misplaced blame if ignored—but provide tools to improve relationships if they are understood. At once eye-opening, astute, and vastly entertaining, Tannen's classic work on interpersonal communication will help you to hear what isn't said and to recognize how your personal conversational style meshes or clashes with others. It will give you a new understanding of communication that will enable you to make the adjustments that can save a conversation . . . or a relationship.


A Journal of Composition Theory

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Composition (Rhetoric)

Page: N.A

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Language and languages

Page: N.A

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The Local Construction of a Global Language

Ideologies of English in South Korea

Author: Joseph Sung-Yul Park

Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

View: 9674

In South Korea, English is a language of utmost importance, sought with an unprecedented zeal as an indispensable commodity in education, business, popular culture, and national policy. This book investigates how the status of English as a hegemonic language in South Korea is constructed through the mediation of language ideologies in local discourse. Adopting the framework of language ideology and its current developments, it is argued that English in Korean society is a subject of deep-rooted ambiguities, with multiple and sometimes conflicting ideologies coexisting within a tension-ridden d.

Imaginary trialogues

conceptual blending and fictive interaction in criminal courts

Author: Esther Pascual Olivé

Publisher: N.A


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 295

View: 8784

Virtual trouble

negotiating access in online communities

Author: Patricia Gonzalez Lange

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Language and Gender in the Military

Honorifics, Narrative, and Ideology in Air Force Talk

Author: Edith A. Disler

Publisher: N.A


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 219

View: 9440

In the thirty-year history of the study of language and gender, theory and application have branched incrementally like the reaches of a family tree. The study of language and gender has progressed from an eye-opening review of differences between the "language" of women and men to observations that language served to preserve "domination" of one sex over another and on to a cross-cultural approach which observes that the ritual styles of talk that are observed among even the youngest girls and boys at play remain with them as women and men. Language and gender has been studied in many institutional and organizational environments including medical, legal, law enforcement, academic, and business settings. While all of those settings have historically been marked by gender-based differentials in opportunity, pay, and power, one of the most metaphorically and demographically gender-differentiated institutions has remained unexamined in the sociolinguistic literature: the military. The military is particularly interesting for linguistic study because it is veritably synonymous with the socio-cultural construction of American masculinity, and therefore a fascinating venue for the study of language, gender, and power. With this innovative study, the author opens the door to considerations of power, gender dynamics, and language and ideology in a community that has not yet been studied using the techniques of discourse analysis. And while some have criticized the utility of examining "outlying cases," particularly in studies of gender or sexuality in language, the military community, though not studied, can hardly be considered an outlying case. On the contrary, American military identity ispart of American identity in that it influences the American masculine construct and has affected 26 million veterans and their families, as well as those who may not be in the military but work with and near military members and installations on a regular basis. Also unique to this study and the author's analysis of the usage of "ma'am" and "sir" is an approach which does not necessarily examine how women and men use language, but how those in their community use language to address them as women and men. This landmark book provides a refreshing perspective on gender and language dynamics in a setting not yet examined. Language and Gender in the Military, will be a vital resource for those in gender and language studies.

Krieg und Frieden


Author: Lew Tolstoi

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3746007364

Category: Fiction

Page: 2141

View: 9897

Es ist die Zeit der napoleonischen Kriege. Aus der Perspektive des russischen Adels beschreibt Lew Tolstoi die praktischen Folgen des häufigen Wechsels zwischen Krieg und Frieden für das Leben der russischen Bevölkerung. Der Bestseller »Krieg und Frieden« schildert historische Ereignisse und Schicksale der Hauptcharaktere über einen Zeitraum von sieben Jahren, von 1805 bis 1812. Detailgetreu schildert Lew Tolstoi das Geschehen in den gesellschaftlichen und militärischen Entscheidungszentren, aber auch das Alltagsleben in der Metropole Moskau. Der Roman lässt die Leser tief in das Leben des zaristischen Russlands eintauchen. »Krieg und Frieden« ist ein Klassiker der Weltliteratur.