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Signs of Struggle: The Rhetorical Politics of Cultural Difference

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Synthesizing rhetorical and cultural theory, Signs of Struggle generates innovative approaches to current critical theories of difference, culture, gender, and race, sheds new light on multicultural issues, and suggests productive avenues for further exploration. Through a critical examination of the more cherished ideals of liberalism-governance through negotiated consensus, tolerance, and civility-West calls for the expansion of the ground rules for risky interaction that involves attention to the emotional politics of cultural difference. In an engaging and pointedly straightforward style, West encourages a more productive engagement with difference, rather than an approach that merely celebrates diversity.

Author Biography: Thomas R. West is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama.

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“This book should inspire reflection in our own classroom practices and research projects and introduce students to the power and depth of our differences. As the struggle over power continues, West provides a signal for changing our destination.” — Rhetoric & Public Affairs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791452974
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. West is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Toward a Productive Engagement with Cultural Difference
Introduction: Compositions of Difference 1
Ch. 1 Toward a Critical Theory of Negotiation and Hybridity 13
Ch. 2 Rewriting the Difference of Race 27
Ch. 3 Men's Studies, Feminism(s), and Rhetorics of Difference 47
Ch. 4 Rhetoric, Emotion, and the Affective Violence of Difference 71
Ch. 5 From the Safe House to a Praxis of Shelter 91
(Against) Conclusion: Taking It Outside, or, Rhetoric and Politics Beyond the Pale 107
Afterword: Risking Action at the Edge of Understanding 121
Notes 127
Works Cited 137
Index 147
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