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Attitudes toward Attitude: Kenneth Burke's views on Attitude
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, a review of Kenneth Burke's use of the term attitude in his published works as well as in some unpublished notes, drafts and letters, is performed. Three periods of different usage are found. Early works feature a pervasive attitude with elements of both body and mind. This attitude is then subsumed into the pentad and the physiological connection is diminished, but attitude is given an important function as a connective between action and motion. The later Burke reinstates attitude as central to his theory of symbolic action, reconnects it to the physiological and includes it in the Pentad with parsimony-inducing effect. The attitude is then found to aid rhetorical analysis and show promise in being able to help analyse expressions not wholly in the realm of the conscious, be they in the form of a Bourdieu social practice or barely conscious rhetorical markers in conversation.

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2013. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Kenneth Burke, attitude, symbolic action, Dramatism, Pentad, Hexad
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27558ISRN: ORU-HUS/RET-GK-2013/0002--SEArchive number: ORU-HUS/RET-GK-2013/0002--SEOAI: diva2:605340
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-03-07 Created: 2013-02-13 Last updated: 2013-03-13Bibliographically approved

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