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The Rhetoric of Social Intervention
An Introduction



November 2008 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The first-ever thorough exploration and discussion of the rhetorical model of social invention [RSI] (initially conceived by rhetorical theorist William R. Brown) for today's students and scholars.

This unique communication-based model provides students with a systemic framework for interpreting, analyzing, and critiquing social and cultural change from a rhetorical perspective. It offers students an easily accessible tool for critically reflecting upon the ongoing process of rhetorical intervention in people's perceptions of needs, relationships, and worldview. The model also gives students a methodology for considering social and cultural side effects of rhetorical interventions.

This book offers an overview, explanation, and application examples of the RSI model that are unavailable elsewhere, ties into the trend of emphasizing a critical approach, and contributes to the turn toward a rhetoric of activism.

[The RSI model is based on the assumption that naming, or the human ability to transform both sensed and non-sensed experience into symbols, is the fundamental human activity. The RSI model assumes that we have an inherent need to name for in naming experience, we make sense of and give meaning to that experience. For example, immediately after two planes hit the World Trade Center towers, a national discussion launched on how to name that experience: Terrorism? Revenge? Accident? Desperation? How experience is named influences our perceptions of needs and relationships, so the model assumes. The model lays out the communicative process by which change occurs--in three sub-cycles called need, power, and attention--viewed as dimensions of ideology.

 
Section I: The Rhetoric of Social Intervention Model
 
1. Rhetoric as Social Intervention
Intervention  
Systems  
Rhetoric  
Rhetorical Criticism  
RSI Model  
Rhetorical Lenses  
Book Overview  
Chapter Summary  
Review Questions  
Chapter Exercises  
Service Learning Exercise  
Under the Lens: Sharing Students' Insights  
 
2. Naming as a Social Intervention
Naming Overview  
The Naming Process  
The Rhetorical Functions of Naming  
The Rhetorical Strategies of Naming  
Chapter Summary  
Review Questions  
Chapter Exercises  
Service Learning Exercise  
Under the Lens: Making Sense of Experience  
 
3. Systemic Naming as Social Intervention
Ideology  
Need Subsystem: Intrapersonal Categorizing  
Power Subsystem: Interpersonal Categorizing  
Attention Subsystem: Interpretative Categorizing  
Subsystems as Holographic Systems  
Chapter Summary  
Review Questions  
Chapter Exercises  
Service Learning Exercise  
Under the Lens: Abstracting From Experience  
 
4. Widening Circles of Intervention
System Intervention  
Attention Intervention  
Power Intervention  
Need Intervention  
Ideology Intervention  
Chapter Summary  
Review Questions  
Chapter Exercises  
Service Learning Exercise  
Under the Lens: Compensating for Social Order Challenges  
 
5. Process and Practice of RSI Criticism
Preanalysis: Naming the Social Intervention  
Analysis: Asking Critical Questions  
Postanalysis: Writing the Critical Essay  
Chapter Summary  
Review Questions  
Chapter Exercises  
Service Learning Exercise  
Under the Lens: Finding Inspiration  
 
6. Process and Practice of Intervention
The Model as Practical Intervention  
The Model as Rhetorical Intervention  
The Book as Intervention  
Chapter Summary  
Review Questions  
Chapter Exercises  
Service Learning Exercise  
Under the Lens: Interpreting Scholarship  
 
Section II: RSI Criticism Essays
 
RSI Essays Introduction
 
Essay 1: From Count Them Out to Count Us In, by Shannon DeBord
 
Essay 2: "The Lady's Not for Turning," by Seth Phillips and Mark Gring
 
Essay 3: The Butterflies' Rhetorical Challenge, by Omolara Oyelakin
 
Essay 4: Born to Power, by Lee Snyder

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