A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class Bar / Edition 1

A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class Bar / Edition 1

by Julie Lindquist
     
 

Linguists have become increasingly interested in examining how class culture is socially constructed and maintained through spoken language. Julie Lindquist's examination of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago is an important and original contribution to the field. She examines how regular patrons argue about political issues in order to

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Overview

Linguists have become increasingly interested in examining how class culture is socially constructed and maintained through spoken language. Julie Lindquist's examination of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago is an important and original contribution to the field. She examines how regular patrons argue about political issues in order to create a group identity centered around political ideology. She also shows how their political arguments are actually a rhetorical genre, one which creates a delicate balance between group solidarity and individual identity, as well as a tenuous and ambivalent sense of class identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140385
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Rhetorical Practice and the Ethnography of Class Culture3
2A Place in the Middle: Behind Bar at the Smokehouse22
3A Place to Be: The Smokehouse as Local Institution40
4Across the Table: Walter, Joe, Arlen, Maggie, and Perry57
5A Place to Tell It: Smokehouse Themes and Topoi73
6A Place to Stand: Argument as a Class Act119
7A Place for What If: Politics and Persuasion at the Smokehouse Inn173
Notes179
References195
Index201

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