Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing

Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing

by Rebecca Dingo


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Networking Arguments presents an original study on the use and misuse of global institutional rhetoric and the effects of these practices on women, particularly in developing countries. Using a feminist lens, Rebecca Dingo views the complex networks that rhetoric flows through, globally and nationally, and how it’s often reconfigured to work both for and against women and to maintain existing power structures.

To see how rhetorics travel, Dingo deconstructs the central terminology employed by global institutions—mainstreaming, fitness, and empowerment—and shows how their meanings shift depending on the contexts in which they’re used. She studies programs by the World Bank, the United Nations, and the United States, among others, to view the original policies, then follows the trail of their diffusion and manipulation and the ultimate consequences for individuals.

To analyze transnational rhetorical processes, Dingo builds a theoretical framework by employing concepts of transcoding, ideological traffic, and interarticulation to uncover the intricacies of power relationships at work within networks. She also views transnational capitalism, neoliberal economics, and neocolonial ideologies as primary determinants of policy and arguments over women’s roles in the global economy.

Networking Arguments offers a new method of feminist rhetorical analysis that allows for an increased understanding of global gender policies and encourages strategies to counteract the negative effects they can create.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822961888
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 03/28/2012
Series: Pitt Comp Literacy Culture Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Dingo is an assistant professor in the Department of English and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Missouri. She is the coeditor of The Megarhetorics of Global Development.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Networking Arguments 1

Chapter 2 Gende Mainstreaming 28

Chapter 3 Fitness 67

Chapter 4 Empowerment 104

Afterword: Networking Arguments as a Writing Process for the New Millennium 144

Notes 155

Works Citied 163

Index 169

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