Signs of Struggle: The Rhetorical Politics of Cultural Difference / Edition 1

Signs of Struggle: The Rhetorical Politics of Cultural Difference / Edition 1

by Thomas R. West
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791452980

ISBN-13: 9780791452981

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Focuses on signifiers of cultural difference, such as sexuality, class, gender, and race, and how they are connected to theories of writing.

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

Overview

Focuses on signifiers of cultural difference, such as sexuality, class, gender, and race, and how they are connected to theories of writing.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791452981
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
163
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Toward a Productive Engagement with Cultural Difference
Gary A. Olson

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Compositions of Difference

1. Toward a Critical Theory of Negotiation and Hybridity

2. Rewriting the Difference of Race

3. Men's Studies, Feminism(s), and Rhetorics of Difference

4. Rhetoric, Emotion, and the Affective Violence of Difference

5. From the Safe House to a Praxis of Shelter

(Against) Conclusion: Taking It Outside, or, Rhetoric and Politics Beyond the Pale

Afterword: Risking Action at the Edge of Understanding
Peter Vandenberg

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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