The Argument Culture

Moving from Debate to Dialogue

Author: Deborah Tannen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307765539

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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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.
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The Argument Culture

Stopping America's War of Words

Author: Deborah Tannen

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345407512

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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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.
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The Purposeful Argument: A Practical Guide

Author: Harry Phillips,Patricia Bostian

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133168515

Category: Education

Page: 624

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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.
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Issues In Race And Ethnicity, 6th Edition

Author: Congressional Quarterly, inc

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1452227810

Category: Political Science

Page: 318

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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 custom.cqpress.com.
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Invitation to Human Communication

Author: Cindy Griffin,Jennifer Emerling Bone

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285414373

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

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INVITATION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION, working in partnership with National Geographic, acknowledges the complexity of today's world, the power of communication, and the necessity of teaching students the foundational skills they will need to both compete and succeed in this complex and exciting environment. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Invitation to Public Speaking

Author: Cindy Griffin

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495006556

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 2002

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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.
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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

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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
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Library and Information Center Management, 8th Edition

Author: Robert D. Stueart,Barbara B. Moran,Claudia J. Morner

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610693264

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 470

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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.
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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

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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.
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A Journal of Composition Theory

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Composition (Rhetoric)

Page: N.A

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