Society as Text: Essays on Rhetoric, Reason, and Reality

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University of Chicago Press, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 252 pages
Brown makes elegant use of sociological theory and of insights from language philosophy, literary criticism, and rhetoric to articulate a new theory of the human sciences, using the powerful metaphor of society as text.
 

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Contents

Discourse and Polity Sociolinguistics Language Communities and the Mobilization of LowIncome Groups
5
Personal Identity and Political Economy Western Grammars of the Self in Historical Perspective
28
Reason as Rhetorical On Relations between Epistemology Discourse and Practice
64
Theories of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric of Theories Emile Durkheim and the Political Symbology of Sociological Truth
80
Rhetoric and the Science of History The Debate between Evolutionism and Empiricism as a Conflict of Metaphors
97
Social Reality as Narrative Text Interactions Institutions and Polities as Language
118
Narrative Fiction as Social Text Literature Literary Theory and the Self as SocialSymbolic Act
143
Literary Form and Sociological Theory Dialectical Irony as Emancipatory Discourse
172
Notes
193
References
219
Index
245
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Richard Harvey Brown is professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.

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