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ERIC Number: EJ1069897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-8034
Cross-Examining Bigotry: Using Toulmin's Argument Model and Huckin's CDA to Interrogate Overt and Covert Racist Arguments
Wilson, Nancy Effinger
CEA Forum, v44 n1 p55-89 Win-Spr 2015
Thomas Rickert warns of the dangers of "pedagogies that seek the disruption and politicization of hierarchies of power and privilege, especially in terms of race, class, and gender" because they can "nevertheless produce new forms of power and privilege that in turn produce new resistances, further alienate already cynical students, and (re)produce the possibility of violence" (165). However, for those students who are not in the majority, interrogations of people's attitudes about race, class, and gender can prove empowering and can, to borrow from Rickert's own argument, generate jouissance. Moreover, critical thinking is fundamental to good writing, and the ability to decenter one's perspective and therefore understand one's opposition is central to sound argumentation. In this article, the author shares a unit in which composition students are taught the analysis protocols developed by Stephen Toulmin (the Toulmin Argument Model) and Thomas Huckin (Critical Discourse Analysis) in order to expose the logical fallacies, invalid warrants, and authorial manipulations found in various racist texts, including Anne Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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