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The argument culture : stopping America's war of words

Author: Deborah Tannen
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1999, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The author examines the way we communicate in public--in the media, in politics, in our courtrooms, and classrooms -- once again letting us see in a new way forces that have powerfully shaped our lives. The war on drugs, the battle of the sexes, political turf combat -- in the argument culture, war metaphors pervade our talk and influence our thinking. We approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Tannen
ISBN: 0345407512 9780345407511
OCLC Number: 40750286
Notes: Originally published by Random House, 1998 without "A Reader's guide."
Includes "A Reader's Companion" consisting of an interview with the author and discussion questions.
Description: xiii, 348, [22] pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
1. Fighting for our lives --
2. Both sides come out fighting : the argument culture and the press --
3. From lapdog to attack dog : the aggression culture and the press --
4. "A plague on both your houses!" : opposition in our political lives --
5. "Litigation is war" --
6. Boys will be boys : gender and opposition --
7. What other ways are there? : listening to other cultures --
8. Fast forward: technologically enhanced aggression --
9. The roots of debate in education and the hope of dialogue --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Deborah Tannen.

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The author examines the way we communicate in public--in the media, in politics, in our courtrooms, and classrooms -- once again letting us see in a new way forces that have powerfully shaped our lives. The war on drugs, the battle of the sexes, political turf combat -- in the argument culture, war metaphors pervade our talk and influence our thinking. We approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between two opposing sides. In this book, she shows how deeply entrenched this cultural tendency is, the forms it takes, and how it affects us every day -- sometimes in useful ways, but often causing damage.

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