By Sharon McKenzie Stevens,Wayne Franklin
In A position for Dialogue, Sharon McKenzie Stevens perspectives the contradictions and collaborations occupied with the administration of public land in southern Arizona—and by way of extension the full arid West—through the lens of political rhetoric. Revealing the socioecological relationships between cattlemen and environmentalists in addition to builders and recreationists, she analyzes the ways in which language shapes panorama via shaping judgements approximately land use.
Stevens specializes in the collaborative Sonoran desolate tract Conservation Plan initiated by way of Pima County, Arizona, the ever present use of clinical argument to protect contradictory practices, and the development and negotiation of rancher/environmentalist identities to light up either actually and metaphorically the dynamics of land use politics. Drawing particularly upon vast interviews with a various array of brokers on both sides of the debate—ranchers, environmentalists, scientists, land managers, executive officials—on ancient narratives, and on her personal conflicting reviews as a person who grew up with those that paintings the western lands, she demonstrates that it truly is attainable to exploit changes to unravel, instead of to irritate, the entrenched difficulties that bridge land and language.
By integrating her richly textured case research of a delicate sector with rhetorical methods to narrative, science-based argument, and collective identities, Stevens makes an important contribution to the fields of rhetoric, land administration, and cultural studies.
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