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Arguing and Thinking: A Rhetorical Approach to Social Psychology (European Monographs in Social Psychology) Paperback – 29 Feb 1996

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (29 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521567394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521567398
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A breakthrough book in three different fields: sociology, psychology, and the rhetoric of inquiry … Arguing and Thinking brings together the two fragments of our broken culture. It's science and humanism combined, as of course they should be.' Deirdre McCloskey, University of Iowa

'Arguing and thinking should be … one of the most significant social psychological works of the decade. With its distinctive, argumentative model of human nature and rich collation of understudied sources, this work will become one of the classics of my own library.' Gary Alan Fine, Contemporary Sociology

'Arguing and thinking stands as a sparkling contribution to the conversation between the humanities and the social sciences … [It] deserves to be much more widely known and used in our classrooms as well as in our scholarship.' Liz Jenkins, Philosophy and Rhetoric

'Arguing and thinking is a book of rare significance … there are many worthy tomes which everyone quotes but no one reads. This is not one of them. It is a seminal work that should be read, and read by all.' Stephen Reicher, British Journal of Social Psychology

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Michael Billig's rhetorical approach has been key to the discursive turn in the social sciences. In a new introduction, he offers further reflections on rhetoric and social psychology and allows some forgotten voices in the history of rhetoric to be heard.

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Billig approaches psychological issues from a historical/philosophical perspective. He looks at the current fetishes in psychological research in terms of previous (ancient) work. In particular he concentrates upon the point that someone's use of attitude discourse is related to their justifications of their social actions. He also notes that attitudes are never a 'done deal' and can be redefined. So if you looking for a comprehensive examination of the field of attitudes/rhetoric and you're sick of reading books simplistically comparing the mind to a programable computer then this is the book for you.
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Social science has never fully taken the rhetorical turn. This is one of the earlier and broader pushes in that direction, and a very useful one. It's more about practical rhetoric than the history of rhetoric (which has begun to get a foothold in political theory and communications).
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HASH(0x90055174) out of 5 stars An innovative book on social psychology! 27 Jun. 2000
By Cristian Tileaga - Published on Amazon.com
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At its second edition, this social psychology book is addressed to all those who love this field and who are open enough to accept other perspectives on this field. M. Billig offers a new approach to social psychological issues. Those who are inured to social psychology work would notice from the first pages that Arguing and Thinking is not written in the "rhetoric of the discipline". This book can't be read like the others. It doesn't present graphics, charts or numbers. The technical terms are rarely used in comparison to their plenty in other books of social psychology. M. Billig places familiar social psychological issues in a rhetorical or argumentative context which raises the problem of justification and criticism. The author wants to show that social psychologists have rarely discussed the rhetorical and controversial apects of numerous subjects in social psychology. In a recuperatory approach, this book illustrates the argumentative dimension in such phenomena as attitudes, roles, categorization and cognitive consistency. M. Billig traces the connections between ancient rhetorical ideas and modern social psychology and places argumentation and arguments in the core of his approach. He invites us to make some time for Protagoras, to stop working for Aristotle and for other names that made rhetoric famous. M. Billig's work is a tribute to old books, ideas and authors discovered on the forgotten shelves of the library. Rediscovering rhetoric can be seen as a postmodern project of redeeming value. I love this book because it is a piece of fine academic achievement and it will represent, i think, a continous source of inspiration for me and for all social psychology scholars. Beautifully written, this book puts togheter the humanistic and the scientific approach to social sciences.
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HASH(0x900551d4) out of 5 stars An innovative book on social psychology! 27 Jun. 2000
By Cristian Tileaga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
At its second edition, this social psychology book is addressed to all those who love this field and who are open enough to accept other perspectives on this field. M. Billig offers a new approach to social psychological issues. Those who are inured to social psychology work would notice from the first pages that Arguing and Thinking is not written in the "rhetoric of the discipline". This book can't be read like the others. It doesn't present graphics, charts or numbers. The technical terms are rarely used in comparison to their plenty in other books of social psychology. M. Billig places familiar social psychological issues in a rhetorical or argumentative context which raises the problem of justification and criticism. The author wants to show that social psychologists have rarely discussed the rhetorical and controversial apects of numerous subjects in social psychology. In a recuperatory approach, this book illustrates the argumentative dimension in such phenomena as attitudes, roles, categorization and cognitive consistency. M. Billig traces the connections between ancient rhetorical ideas and modern social psychology and places argumentation and arguments in the core of his approach. He invites us to make some time for Protagoras, to stop working for Aristotle and for other names that made rhetoric famous. M. Billig's work is a tribute to old books, ideas and authors discovered on the forgotten shelves of the library. Rediscovering rhetoric can be seen as a postmodern project of redeeming value. I love this book because it is a piece of fine academic achievement and it will represent, i think, a continous source of inspiration for me and for all social psychology scholars. Beautifully written, this book puts togheter the humanistic and the scientific approach to social sciences.
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HASH(0x90056198) out of 5 stars One of best books written on argumentation--EVER 22 July 2012
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Billig traces the development of argumentation from Classical times to today, integrating rhetoric, sociology, philosophy, and other disciplines. This book is essential reading for students of argumentation.
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