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ERIC Number: EJ1019413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Resistance and Common Ground as Functions of Mis/Aligned Attitudes: A Filter-Theory Analysis of Ranchers' Writings about the Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project
Walsh, Lynda
Written Communication, v30 n4 p458-487 Oct 2013
Writing scholars interested in stakeholder attitudes need ways to reconstruct them from archives because (a) interview/survey studies are not always feasible (particularly in historical work) and (b) the question/answer format of these studies may exclude key attitudes that emerge in unprompted expressions of opinion. Accordingly, this article argues for filter theory--a pragmatic model of interpretive attitudes--as an effective hermeneutic for archival reception studies. Complementing a previous study of administrative attitudes about the Mexican Wolf Blue Range Reintroduction Project, the present study applies filter theory to a sample of ranchers' written opinions about the Project. The main findings are as follows: Ranchers and administrators differentially value resident rights versus Project goals; ranchers warrant resistance to the Project based on these misaligned attitudes; nonetheless, both groups value the ideal of a balanced environment and evidence collected on the ground. These findings suggest the need to redefine rhetorical resistance and common ground as arguments warranted by mis/alignments between groups' interpretive attitudes. They also indicate revisions to initial recommendations for extending rhetorical common ground in the Project.
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Language: English
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