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McKerrow 1989 Critical Rhetoric

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/1/11 “The poor complain . . .” “Critical Rhetoric: Theory and Praxis” McKerrow (1989)
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3/1/11 Overarching Purpose of Critical Rhetoric Not detached from its objects of study l Takes a position l “Must have consequences” l “identify possibilities for future action available for participants” McKerrow, 1989, p.92 l Is substantive: content and effect vs. normative
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3/1/11 Theoretical Overview Power, Domination, Truth and Freedom
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3/1/11 What is Power? “Not a possession or a content” l Socially constructed l A characteristic of social relations Law Rules Taken-for-granteds about “how things are”
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3/1/11 Critique of Domination: Discourse of Power “discourse of power creates and sustains the social practices which control the dominated” (p. 92) l The social practices are replicated and strengthened by the discourse
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3/1/11 Discourse of Power Power Normalizes social relations Maintains the norm Challenges are “abnormal and irrational by definition” (p. 99) l The discourse frames reality and constrains discourses of resistance
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