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The rhetorical limits of polysemy
Current critical studies emphasize the way in which the polysemic qualities of mass mediated texts empower audiences to construct their own liberating readings. An examination of the text, audienceExpand
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Decoding Abortion Rhetoric: Communicating Social Change
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Hegemony in a mass-mediated society: concordance about reproductive technologies.
  • C. Condit
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Critical studies in mass communication : CSMC : a…
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This essay offers a critical method that applies the theory of hegemony to the contemporary context in the United States. It argues that most critics in communication studies who reference the theoryExpand
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Crafting Equality: America's Anglo-African Word
Philosophers and historians often treat fundamental concepts like equality as if they existed only as fixed ideas found solely in the canonical texts of civilization. In "Crafting Equality," CelesteExpand
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The functions of epideictic: The Boston massacre orations as exemplar
Existing theories of epideictic focus on the content of the speeches as “praise and blame,”; on the speaker's uses of the event or, more recently, on the audience's uses of the event. This essayExpand
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Warranted concerns, warranted outlooks: a focus group study of public understandings of genetic research.
This paper discusses how the American public accounts for the concerns that they have about genetic research and the benefits that they foresee. We develop a general framework for discussing publicExpand
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How the public understands genetics: non-deterministic and non-discriminatory interpretations of the “blueprint” metaphor
Critics have worried that recent mass media coverage of genetics encourages genetic determinism and discriminatory attitudes in the public. They have identified the “blueprint” metaphor as one majorExpand
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The psychometric property and validation of a fatalism scale
In this article, we conceptualised fatalism as a set of health beliefs that encompass the dimensions of predetermination, luck and pessimism. A 20-item scale was developed as a measurementExpand
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The Meanings of the Gene: Public Debates about Human Heredity
This text takes a searching look at societal hopes and fears about genetics in the course of the 20th century. The work of scientists and doctors in advancing genetic research and its applicationsExpand
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Recipes or blueprints for our genes? How contexts selectively activate the multiple meanings of metaphors
In the 1990s, critics of public discourse about genetics urged the replacement of the “blueprint” metaphor with the “recipe” metaphor. The subsequent appearance of the “recipe” metaphor in the massExpand
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