Tropes of Politics: Science, Theory, Rhetoric, Action
Tropes of Politics: Science, Theory, Rhetoric, Action

Tropes of Politics: Science, Theory, Rhetoric, Action

by John S. Nelson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299158309
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 04/08/1998
Series: Rhetoric of the Human Sciences Series
Pages: 291
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John S. Nelson is professor of political science at the University of Iowa. He is the editor of the book The Rhetoric of the Human Sciences and also coeditor of the book series Rhetoric of the Human Sciences, both published by the University of Wisconsin Press. His most recent book is Video Rhetorics: Televised Advertising in American Politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre xi
PART ONE FROM FIGURES OF INQUIRY 3(114)
Chapter 1 Returning Pluralism to Political Science: A Programmatic Manifesto for Rhetoric of Political Inquiry
3(31)
Origins
4(1)
Purposes
5(4)
Politics
9(3)
Problematics
12(14)
Ends
26(8)
Chapter 2 Returning History to Political Science: A Disciplinary Archaeology of Amnesia in Political Argument
34(13)
Disciplines
36(3)
Presentations
39(1)
Histories
40(4)
Traditions
44(3)
Chapter 3 Turning Underground into Approved Rhetorics: A Partial Confession from a Scientizing Discipline
47(25)
Approved versus Underground Rhetorics
51(3)
Confession
54(8)
Propriety
62(7)
Decorum
69(3)
Chapter 4 Overturning Argument in Political Science: An Apostate Meditation on Disappointments of Political Theory
72(27)
Detachment
73(2)
Skepticism
75(9)
Reflection
84(3)
Recognition
87(5)
Ascension
92(5)
Reconstruction
97(2)
Chapter 5 Returning Argument to Political Inquiry: A Mythic Narration of Models, Statistics, and Other Tropes
99(18)
How Political Science Lost Its Arguments
100(2)
The Behavior Vanishes
102(2)
The Regression of Political Science
104(4)
How Rational Choice Theory Got Its Paradoxes
108(3)
Tropes, Traps, Tokens, and Detours
111(6)
PART TWO TO MYTHS OF ACTION 117(116)
Chapter 6 Turning Politics into Words: A Rhetorical Invention of Evidence and Argument
117(18)
Words, Words Everywhere, and Many a Meaning to each
120(7)
Not Just Data but Reality
127(2)
The Center Cannot Hold
129(3)
The Play's the Thing
132(3)
Chapter 7 Turning Ideologies into Myths: A Postmodern Essay in Political and Rhetorical Analysis
135(15)
Analogy
136(2)
Ethos
138(1)
Logos
139(2)
Pathos
141(2)
Mythos
143(4)
Example
147(3)
Chapter 8 Turning Governments Every Which Way but Loose: A Poetic Experiment in Politics and Communication
150(30)
Female Metaphors
153(4)
Mything Words
157(3)
Immersing Myths
160(2)
Measuring Humans
162(4)
Dueling Myths
166(4)
Strange Attractors
170(10)
Chapter 9 Turning Deliberations into Debates: A Dialogical Deconstruction of Senate Rituals of Comity
180(25)
Mis-Stake
183(2)
Myth-Take
185(3)
De-Liberation
188(5)
Oxy-Moron
193(1)
Right-You-All
194(5)
De-Bait
199(2)
Trad(e)-Ition
201(4)
Chapter 10 Turning Stands into Stances: A Figural Argument About Forms of Political Action
205(28)
Form and Content
205(2)
Principle and Compromise
207(1)
Thought and Action
208(3)
Making and Taking
211(12)
Being and Doing
223(5)
Fire and Rain
228(5)
Notes 233(48)
Index 281

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