By Sharon McKenzie Stevens,Wayne Franklin
In A position for Dialogue, Sharon McKenzie Stevens perspectives the contradictions and collaborations considering 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 by means of shaping judgements approximately land use.
Stevens specializes in the collaborative Sonoran desolate tract Conservation Plan initiated via Pima County, Arizona, the ever-present use of medical argument to safeguard 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 in particular upon broad interviews with a various array of brokers on both sides of the debate—ranchers, environmentalists, scientists, land managers, executive officials—on old narratives, and on her personal conflicting studies as anyone who grew up with those that paintings the western lands, she demonstrates that it really is attainable to exploit ameliorations to unravel, instead of to worsen, the entrenched difficulties that bridge land and language.
By integrating her richly textured case research of a delicate area 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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