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ERIC Number: ED102616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Pages: 21
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Counter Synthesis: A Critical Approach to Social Movements.
Harral, Harriet Briscoe
Modern society is an ever-changing pattern of pressure and counter pressure. A social movement in conflict with the dominant society is labeled with easily identifiable stereotypes--bearded long hairs, bra burners, terrorists, bleeding hearts, uneducated rednecks. Traditional criticism has failed to say anything meaningful about social movements because it fails to recognize that these movements themselves are, by nature, rhetorical. It is only when the underlying purposes, goals, and intents of a movement are isolated that analysis of its rhetoric approaches reliability. The form of a movement is rhetorical because in order to exist movements must succeed in altering perceptions of the dominant society. The strength and most important dimension of a movement lies in its ability to alter perceptual realities and to call persons to action on the basis of that alteration. In essence, revolutionary social movements force the formation of a new "Gestalt," and the transactions between this movement and the old "Gestalt" form a counter synthesis. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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