The Rhetoric of Social Intervention: An Introduction / Edition 1
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The Rhetoric of Social Intervention: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Susan K. Opt, Mark A. Gring
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412956900

ISBN-13: 9781412956901

Pub. Date: 08/22/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Authors Susan Opt and Mark Gring present the first-ever thorough exploration and discussion of the rhetorical model of social invention [RSI] (initially conceived by rhetorical theorist William R. Brown) for today's students and scholars. This unique communication-based model provides students with a systemic framework for interpreting, analyzing, and critiquing…  See more details below

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Authors Susan Opt and Mark Gring present the first-ever thorough exploration and discussion of the rhetorical model of social invention [RSI] (initially conceived by rhetorical theorist William R. Brown) for today's students and scholars. This unique communication-based model provides students with a systemic framework for interpreting, analyzing, and critiquing social and cultural change from a rhetorical perspective. It offers students an easily accessible tool for critically reflecting upon the ongoing process of rhetorical intervention in people's perceptions of needs, relationships, and worldview. The model also gives students a methodology for considering social and cultural side effects of rhetorical interventions.

As explored in The Rhetoric of Social Intervention: Critiquing the Dynamics of Continuity and Change, the RSI model proposes a series of questions to guide students as they analyze and critique social and organizational events in which people are attempting to promote or prevent change and asks students to explore connections within those interventions. Overall it emphasizes an interactive learning style.

This book offers an overview, explanation, and application examples of the RSI model that are unavailable elsewhere, ties into the trend of emphasizing a critical approach, and contributes to the turn toward a rhetoric of activism.

[The RSI model is based on the assumption that naming, or the human ability to transform both sensed and non-sensed experience into symbols, is the fundamental human activity. The RSI model assumes that we have an inherent need to name-for in naming experience, we make sense of and give meaning tothat experience. For example, immediately after two planes hit the World Trade Center towers, a national discussion launched on how to name that experience-terrorism? Revenge? Accident? Desperation? How experience is named influences our perceptions of needs and relationships, so the model assumes. The model lays out the communicative process by which change occurs--in three sub-cycles called need, power, and attention--viewed as dimensions of ideology.]

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412956901
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
08/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Section I: The Rhetoric of Social Intervention Model
1. Rhetoric as Social Intervention
Intervention
Systems
Rhetoric
Rhetorical Criticism
RSI Model
Rhetorical Lenses
Book Overview
Chapter Summary
Review Questions
Chapter Exercises
Service Learning Exercise
Under the Lens: Sharing Students' Insights
2. Naming as a Social Intervention
Naming Overview
The Naming Process
The Rhetorical Functions of Naming
The Rhetorical Strategies of Naming
Chapter Summary
Review Questions
Chapter Exercises
Service Learning Exercise
Under the Lens: Making Sense of Experience
3. Systemic Naming as Social Intervention
Ideology
Need Subsystem: Intrapersonal Categorizing
Power Subsystem: Interpersonal Categorizing
Attention Subsystem: Interpretative Categorizing
Subsystems as Holographic Systems
Chapter Summary
Review Questions
Chapter Exercises
Service Learning Exercise
Under the Lens: Abstracting From Experience
4. Widening Circles of Intervention
System Intervention
Attention Intervention
Power Intervention
Need Intervention
Ideology Intervention
Chapter Summary
Review Questions
Chapter Exercises
Service Learning Exercise
Under the Lens: Compensating for Social Order Challenges
5. Process and Practice of RSI Criticism
Preanalysis: Naming the Social Intervention
Analysis: Asking Critical Questions
Postanalysis: Writing the Critical Essay
Chapter Summary
Review Questions
Chapter Exercises
Service Learning Exercise
Under the Lens: Finding Inspiration
6. Process and Practice of Intervention
The Model as Practical Intervention
The Model as Rhetorical Intervention
The Book as Intervention
Chapter Summary
Review Questions
Chapter Exercises
Service Learning Exercise
Under the Lens: Interpreting Scholarship
Section II: RSI Criticism Essays
RSI Essays Introduction
Essay 1: From Count Them Out to Count Us In, by Shannon De Bord
Essay 2: "The Lady's Not for Turning," by Seth Phillips and Mark Gring
Essay 3: The Butterflies' Rhetorical Challenge, by Omolara Oyelakin
Essay 4: Born to Power, by Lee Snyder

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