The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words
ISBN: 0345407512
EAN13: 9780345407511
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
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. In this fascinating book, Tannen shows how deeply entrenched this cultural tendency is and how it can be made better in public and private.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover In her #1 bestseller You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen showed why talking to someone of the opposite sex can be like talking to someone from another world. Now Tannen is back with another groundbreaking book, this time widening her lens to examine how we communicate in the major institutions of American society -- the mass media, local and national politics, the legal system, and higher education -- once again letting us see in a new way forces that powerfully shape our lives. The war on drugs, the battle of the sexes, politicians' turf battles -- in the argument culture, war metaphors pervade our talk and affect our thinking. We approach anything we need to accomplish as a fight between two opposing sides. In this fascinating book, Tannen shows how deeply entrenched this cultural phenomenon is, the forms it takes, and how it affects us every day -- sometimes in useful ways, but often causing damage. The Argument Culture is a remarkable book that will change forever the way you perceive -- and communicate with -- the world.
From the front Cover THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS LINGUIST OFFERS A COMPLETELY ORIGINAL ANALYSIS OF THE WAY WE COMMUNICATE--AND A REVOLUTIONARY LANGUAGE TO LIVE BY! In her #1 bestseller You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen showed why talking to someone of the opposite sex can be like talking to someone from another world. Now Tannen is back with another groundbreaking book, this time widening her lens to examine 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 fascinating book, Tannen 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. The Argument Culture is a remarkable book that will change forever the way you perceive--and communicate with--the world.