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ERIC Number: ED417441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 27
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Examining the National Association of Scholars and Teachers for Democratic Culture Debate.
Allen, Mike; Tollefson, Michael
This paper considers the ongoing debate between two organizations (National Association of Scholars and Teachers for a Democratic Culture) in higher education. The rhetorical positions of each side resemble those of the "cold war" between the United States and the Soviet Union of the 1950s and 1960s where each side created a mirror image of the other based on ethnocentric perceptions. While the image of cold war is a metaphor, the metaphor is developed and articulated by the use of images and stories that sustain the understanding of the conflict. A mirror image can develop when the parties in conflict believe that: (1) there are only two sides; (2) the conflict is zero-sum; and (3) their side is losing. When disagreeing bodies create a mirror image of the other side, a destructive cycle of rhetorical imagery is generated that prevents resolution of the conflict. (Contains a table with examples of mirror image rhetoric and 34 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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