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The SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies surveys the latest advances in rhetorical scholarship, synthesizing theories and practices across major areas of study in the field and pointing the way for future studies. Edited by Andrea A. Lunsford and Associate Editors Kirt H. Wilson and Rosa A. Eberly, the Handbook aims to introduce a new generation of students to rhetorical study and provide a deeply informed and ready resource for scholars currently working in the field.

Rhetoric and Critical Theory: Possibilities for Rapprochement in Public Deliberation
Rhetoric and critical theory: Possibilities for rapprochement in public deliberation

Globally, a new dynamic is shaping public deliberation. This dynamic is defined by social fragmentation, rapid change, rapid circulation of information, and networks of interdependence. Increasingly, since World War I, divergent perspectives have led to differences in how people experience and understand public problems. Changing conditions have given rise to new problems that place groups and nations in novel and often unstable networks of relationship. Rapid dissemination of competing desires and tactics for appropriating the means of goal satisfaction have further complicated these changes. At the same time, goal satisfaction often rests on partnerships of mutual dependency in ongoing negotiation over proper action and interaction. In ...

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