Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes

Patricia Roberts-Miller


Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes

Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes

  • Title: Deliberate Conflict: Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes
  • Author: Patricia Roberts-Miller
  • ISBN: 9780809325665
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover



In Deliberate Conflict Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes, Patricia Roberts Miller argues that much current discourse about argument pedagogy is hampered by fundamental unspoken disagreements over what democratic public discourse should look like The book s pivotal question is In what kind of public discourse do we want our students to engage To answerIn Deliberate Conflict Argument, Political Theory, and Composition Classes, Patricia Roberts Miller argues that much current discourse about argument pedagogy is hampered by fundamental unspoken disagreements over what democratic public discourse should look like The book s pivotal question is In what kind of public discourse do we want our students to engage To answer this, the text provides a taxonomy, discussion, and evaluation of political theories underpinning democratic discourse, highlighting the relationship between various models of the public sphere and rhetorical theory Roberts Miller seeks to diffuse student antagonism toward argumentation by increasing instructors awareness of different models of democracy in argument pedagogy She provides a range of theories, discussing the major features and rhetorical applicability of the liberal, the interest based, the communitarian, and the deliberative models of the public domain Deliberate Conflict cogently advocates reintegrating instruction in argumentation into the composition curriculum By linking effective argumentation in the public sphere with the ability to affect social change, Roberts Miller pushes compositionists beyond a simplistic Aristotelian conception of how argumentation works and offers a means by which to prepare students for active participation in public discourse.


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In Deliberate Conflict, Roberts-Miller examines a variety of political theories--liberal, technocratic, communitarian, agonistic--as well as the models of the public sphere associated with those theories. She specifically connects those various theories with different approaches to the teaching of college composition. She points out, for example, that expressivist pedagogy is in many ways dependent on a liberal model privileging an irenic model of discourse that aims at consensus (12). She assoc [...]

I had read parts of this book before, but I decided to teach the whole book for my graduate seminar in teaching argument. It was interesting to go through it with the lens of trying to figure out how much the students will understand. Roberts-Miller demonstrates the breadth of her knowledge throughout the book. There were times she did not explain her references as well as she could have for a group of graduate students who do not have much exposure to political theory or the history of rhetoric [...]

Thought I could use this to support my research on the corporatization of higher education and the role of rhet/comp in the resisting such a campaign. Turns out, not so much. This book does explore (and does so pretty well) the role/importance of teaching argumentation, or deliberative discourse, rhet/comp.

170 pages of 'You're doing it wrong' regarding using argument and conflict in composition classes. And then 30-some pages of the more constructive, beneficial and inclusive way to approach these issues so that minority or disagreeing voices do not get silenced.


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