Exchanging Reasons Face to Face
By Dale Hample
Routledge – 2005 – 400 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
Arguing: Exchanging Reasons Face to Face describes the process and products of face-to-face argument. Author Dale Hample presents arguing as a type of interpersonal interaction, rather than as a kind of text or a feature of a public speech. He focuses primarily on argument production, and explores the rhetorical and philosophical traditions of arguing, keeping as the volume's main focus the integration of arguing into the literatures on message production, conflict management, and interpersonal communication.
Distinctive in its approach, this volume offers:
*a synthesis of empirical research on situational and individual differences in arguing;
*an exploration of argument frames--perceptions and expectations about arguing;
*an examination of the conversational and rational natures of argument products;
*a psychological description of inventional processes; and
*a full chapter on the emotional experience of arguing.
This unique work is appropriate for scholars and graduate students in argumentation, discourse, persuasion, conflict management, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and message production.
"Much of the material in Arguing either is new or is being newly applied in argumentation studies. It provides a description of arguing that has enough scope to show the nature of the process. Arguing is a unique work with unique focus, appropriate for scholars and graduate students in argumentation, discourse, persuasion, conflict management, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and message production."
"The title of this book, Arguing: Exchanging Reasons Face to Face, is right on the mark. Hample offers an integrated presentation of the structural facets of argument, the functions of the interpersonal activity of arguing, and the personal proclivities and antipathies that people have about arguing. His analysis and synthesis of these concepts are applicable to many areas in everyday life….Those working in the field of verbal and written communication will find this book invaluable….the author makes rigorous efforts to lead readers from one step to the next in a well-designed, logical presentation."
Contents: Preface. Definition of Argument. Frames for Arguing: What Do People Think They're Doing When They Argue? Invention of Argumentative Substance. Editing Arguments. The Emotional Experience of Arguing. Individual and Situational Differences in Arguing. Arguing in Conversations. Impossible Arguments. A Closing Editorial About the Importance of Arguing.