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Networking Arguments

Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing

Rebecca Dingo

Publication Year: 2012

An original study on the use and misuse of global institutional rhetoric and the effects of these practices on women, particularly in developing countries. Using a feminist lens, Rebecca Dingo views the complex networks that rhetoric flows through, globally and nationally, and how it’s often reconfigured to work both for and against women and to maintain existing power structures.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Series: Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture


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pp. ix-xi

Books are rarely written in isolation. Although words may be put on the page by a single person, for me, a wide community network of friends, colleagues, family members, and institutions enabled my writing of this book. I am indebted to this community, and I wholeheartedly thank you for your longtime support of my scholarly and personal development. ...

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Chapter 1 Networking Arguments

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pp. 1-27

In 1995, delegates from 189 countries and territories and representatives from over 2,100 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) travelled to Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. Focusing specifically on mainstreaming women’s needs into policy and development plans, this historic conference concentrated on the ways in which women’s equality related to human rights as well as on women’s ability to resist ...

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Chapter 2 Gender Mainstreaming

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pp. 28-66

Transnational rhetorics of gender mainstreaming are born out of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China (1995), and the conference’s international guiding document the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.1 At its basic deWnition, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action deWnes gender mainstreaming as the act of policy writers and makers considering the differing effects of policies on men and women respectively before putting those policies into action. ...

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Chapter 3 Fitness

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pp. 67-103

In this chapter, I trace the rhetorics of fitness between three texts, a World Bank promotional and informational pamphlet and the disability and development films From Exclusion to Inclusion and A World Enabled, which I encountered at a single occasion (a two-day World Bank conference on disability in 2004). By performing a transnational feminist rhetorical ...

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Chapter 4 Empowerment

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pp. 104-143

The following discussion was reproduced in a Wall Street Journal article published just after the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994—the third decennial conference to address issues of population growth, fertility, and development particularly in the so-called Second and Third Worlds: ...

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pp. 144-154

Throughout this book I have demonstrated how feminist rhetoricians might track networked arguments to account for the impact of globalization and global neoliberalism on women. I have offered a transnational feminist rhetorical methodology that shifts current studies in feminist rhetorics from analyzing not only specific women’s (or groups of women’s) ...


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pp. 155-161

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pp. 163-168


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pp. 169-176

E-ISBN-13: 9780822977889
E-ISBN-10: 0822977885
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822961888
Print-ISBN-10: 0822961881

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Series Editor Byline: David Bartholomae and Jean Ferguson Carr, Editors See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 793012707
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  • Rhetorical criticism.
  • Sex role and globalization.
  • Rhetoric -- Social aspects.
  • Women -- Social networks.
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