Reading and Writing for Civic Literacy The Critical Citizen's Guide to Argumentative Rhetoric: Brief Edition for a New Political Era

ISBN-10: 159451710X
ISBN-13: 9781594517105
Edition: 2010
Authors: Donald Lazere
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List price: $61.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 398
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Donald Lazere is Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic State University and is the editor of American Media and Mass Culture: Left Perspectives.

Preface for Teachers (and Curious Students) to the Brief Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
An Appeal to Students
English as a Survival Skill
Critical Education in Historical Perspective
"An End to History"
"Majoring in Debt"
"Where's the Misery?"
Young America Foundation's Homepage
"The Voices of Dissent"
What Is an Argument? What Is a Good Argument?
What Is a Good Argument?
"The Intellectual Free Lunch"
Analysis, Synthesis, and Judgments
Style and Tone, Eloquence and Moral Force
Conclusion
Rhetoric: A Checklist for Analyzing Your Own and Others' Arguments
A Historical-Causal Analysis of "The White Problem"
Definitions and Criteria of Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking and Cultural Literacy
Making Connections
Dialogue in Critical Thinking and Literature
Recursiveness, Cumulativeness, and Levels of Meaning
Drawing the Line and Establishing Proportion
Avoiding Oversimplification and Recognizing Complexity
Reading Between the Lines
Irony and Paradox
"My Dungeon Shook"
"A Noiseless Patient Spider"
"Can Patriotism Be Compassionate?"
Semantics in Rhetoric and Critical Thinking
Denotation and Connotation
Definition and Denotation in Argument
Connotation in Argument: "Cleans" and "Dirties"
Euphemism
Abstract and Concrete Language
Unconcretized Abstractions
Literal and Figurative Language
Literal and Figurative Language in Literature
Summary: Applying Semantic Analysis
A Semantic Calculator for Bias in Rhetoric
"When Words Cheapen Life"
"Framing the Issues"
"Look Behind Statistics for Changing Definitions"
Writing Argumentative Papers
Prewriting
Writing
Postwriting
Locating and Evaluating Sources
A Model of the Writing Process in a Student Paper
from The Beauty Myth
"The Backlash Myth"
Attaining an Open Mind: Overcoming Psychological Obstacles to Critical Thinking
From Cocksure Ignorance to Thoughtful Uncertainty: Viewpoint, Bias, and Fairness-Culturally Conditioned Assumptions and Centrisms
Relativism and Commitment
Biased and Unbiased Viewpoints: The ESBYODS Principle
Acknowledge Your Own and Opposing Viewpoints
Rogerian Argument, Believers and Doubters
Culturally Conditioned Assumptions and Centrisms
Totems and Taboos
Ethnocentrism
American Ethnocentrism
"Battle over Patriotism Curriculum"
Questioning Capitalism
Phallocentrism
Other Centrisms
from A Room of One's Own
"Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes or Less"
Overgeneralization, Stereotyping, and Prejudice
Prejudice
Class Prejudice
Reverse Prejudice
"An Unexpected Education at St. Anthony's"
"Life on the Expense Account"
"Dozens of Billionaires Receive Ag Handouts"
"Wal-Mart: Rise of the Goliath"
Authoritarianism and Conformity, Rationalization and Compartmentalization
from Network
Rationalization, Compartmentalized Thinking, and Double Standards
Other Defense Mechanisms
from 1984
"On the Merits"
"Greens Dodge Links to Unabomber"
Elements of Argumentative Rhetoric
Some Key Terms in Logic and Argumentation
Deductive and Inductive Arguments
Implications and Inferences
Setting the Agenda
Tone and Style
Polemics
Ground Rules for Polemicists
"Vouchers, Choice: Opposing Views"
"Chicken Little Calling Out, 'Global Warming!'"
"Closing the Wealth Gap"
Logical and Rhetorical Fallacies
Glossary of Logical and Rhetorical Fallacies
Causal Analysis
"Ya Got Trouble"
"Other People's Children: North Lawndale and the South Side of Chicago"
"Crisis in American Education"
Uses and Misuses of Emotional Appeal
Appeals to "Cleans" and "Dirties"
Puff Pieces and Hatchet Jobs
"Bunker Hunt's Greatest Investment"
Predictable Patterns of Wartime Rhetoric: Appeals to Fear and Pity
"The War Prayer"
"The Real War 1939-1945"
"War Is the Supreme Drug," An Interview with Author Chris Hedges
Thinking Critically About the Rhetoric of Politics and Mass Media
Thinking Critically About Political Rhetoric
Political Semantics
Liberalism, Conservatism, Democrat, Republican
Socialism, Communism, Marxism
The World Political Spectrum
The American Political Spectrum
A Guide to Political Terms and Positions
Notes on the Guide to Political Terms and Positions
Predictable Patterns of Political Rhetoric
A Note on Twenty-First Century Modifications to Table 13.1
Political Viewpoints in Sources
"If We Decided to Tax the Rich"
"The Intellectual Class War"
"Fascism Anyone?"
Thinking Critically About Mass Media
Do the Media Give People What They Want?
Are News Media Objective? What Are Their Biases?
The Debate over Political Bias in Media
Conclusion
"The Illiberal Media"
"Networks Need a Reality Check"
"Liberal Hate-Speech"
"Matthews vs. McNulty"
"Outfoxed Tweaks Rupert Murdoch's Mayhem-isphere"
Assignment for a Paper
Deception Detection: Varieties of Special Interests and Propaganda
Special Interests, Conflict of Interest, and Special Pleading
Lobbying and Public Relations
Varieties of Propaganda
Invective and Smearing
Government Public Relations; the Military-Industrial-Media Complex
"The Historic Power of Special Interests"
"When Money Talks"
"Flack Attack"
60 Minutes, "Confessions of a Tobacco Lobbyist"
Putting It All Together in a Long Paper
A Case Study: Rhetoric and the Wealth Gap
Goldberg versus Chait on Taxes
"The Rich Aren't Made of Money"
"A Very Special Kind of Math"
Sklar versus the Wall Street Journal
"Billionaires Up, America Down"
Wall Street Journal "Movin' On Up: A Treasury Study Refutes Populist Hokum About 'Income Inequality'"
Analyzing Statistical Tricks
Summary of Suspicious Statistical Arguments
An Outline of Conservative and Leftist Arguments on the Rich, the Poor, and the Middle Class
Collecting and Evaluating Opposing Sources: Writing the Research Paper
Assignment for an Annotated Bibliography and Working Outline
Sample Annotated Bibliography Entry
Sample Working Outline
Sample Research Paper
Documentation and Research Resources
Documentation
Works Cited Section
Research Resources
Index
Credits

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