(Un)earthing a Vocabulary of Values: A Discourse Analysis for Ecocomposition
Walker, Paul, Composition Studies
The schismatic environmentalist Edward Abbey said, "developers and entrepreneurs must somehow be taught a new vocabulary of values" (85). Abbey's statement maintains the existence of strong relationships among words, beliefs, and actions, and for him, such relationships were crucial in his lifelong efforts to alter society's conceptions of how humans interact with their environment. From a rhetorical perspective, it is significant that Abbey did not say, "developers and entrepreneurs must somehow be taught new values." By emphasizing the vocabulary of values - how we talk about them - Abbey understands that how we communicate our values may be more important and influential than what …
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Publication information: Article title: (Un)earthing a Vocabulary of Values: A Discourse Analysis for Ecocomposition. Contributors: Walker, Paul - Author. Journal title: Composition Studies. Volume: 38. Issue: 1 Publication date: Spring 2010. Page number: 69+. © Composition Studies Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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