The Language Of Environment: A New Rhetoric

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Building on the work of contemporary thinkers such as Billig and McCloskey, Myerson (English, King's College) and Rydin (geography, London School of Economics) develop a rhetorical approach to the analysis and interpretation of environmental discourse based on a plethora of current environmental arguments. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857283303
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Environment words, environet and the rhetorical web 1
Environment words and environet 1
The rhetorical web 11
A new rhetoric 19
Discourse and environment 27
So what? 31
Reading the texts 34
2 Topic analysis (I) 37
Environet of topics 37
Resources, energy 38
Population 54
Biodiversity, rainforest, species 65
Multiple interpretations 77
3 Topic analysis (II) 79
Pollution, polluter 79
Global warming, climate change, the greenhouse effect 87
Sustainable development, sustainability 97
Earth, planet, globe, Gaia 107
The environet as an open system 115
4 Environmental ethos 119
Essential vision: sustainable development, sustain, sustainability 120
Technical vision: energy 125
Systematic far-sightedness: resources 126
Inclusive far-sightedness: global warming 128
Reassuring realism: pollution 132
Reverent objectivity: Earth 134
Emotive objectivity: population 137
Restrained objectivity and its rivals: biodiversity and rainforest 139
The role of environmental ethos 146
5 Constitutive figures: metaphorical argumentation, environmental irony, associative argumentation 149
Metaphorical argumentation 150
Environmental irony 163
Associative argumentation 171
From constitutive figures to figures of resolution 178
6 Figures of resolution: dialectic of catastrophe, the feasible possibility, overcoming the polarity 181
Dialectic of catastrophe 187
The feasible possibility 187
Overcoming the polarity 193
Concluding on solutions 200
7 Rhetoric and culture 203
The achievement of rhetoric 203
The answer culture 208
A culture of argument 216
Environet and modernity 226
App. 1 Reading environmental texts: the methodology 229
App. 2 "Doing" rhetoric: a nuclear exercise 233
Bibliography 237
Index 255
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