Reading and writing for civic literacy: the critical citizen's guide to argumentative rhetoric

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Paradigm Publishers, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 561 pages
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This innovative textbook, for first-year and more advanced composition and critical thinking courses, addresses the need for college students to develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills for self-defense in the contentious arena of American civic rhetoric. It presents a comprehensive perspective on American public discourse an dpractical methods for its analysis. Exercises following the text sections and readings help students understand the ideological positions and rhetorical patterns that underlie opposing viewpoints in current controversies--such as the growing inequality of wealth in American and its impact on the finances of college students--as expressed in paired sets of readings from the political left and right. Widely debated issues of whether objectivity is possible and whether there is a liberal or conservative bias in news and entertainment media, as well as in education itself, are foregrounded as topics for rhetorical analysis.

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Donald Lazere, now at the University of Tennessee, is Professor Emeritus from California Polytechnic State University and is the editor of "American Media and Mass Culture: Left Perspectives" (University of California Press).

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