A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class by Julie Lindquist

By Julie Lindquist

Linguists became more and more drawn to analyzing how type tradition is socially developed and maintained via spoken language. Julie Lindquist's exam of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago is a vital and unique contribution to the sphere. She examines how commonplace consumers argue approximately political concerns for you to create a bunch identification based round political ideology. She additionally indicates how their political arguments are literally a rhetorical style, one that creates a fragile stability among workforce team spirit and person id, in addition to a tenuous and ambivalent experience of sophistication identity.

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By about seven, the first shift of regulars is gone. If this had been a weekday, the bar would have cleared out much earlier: many of the early regulars have jobs that require rising well before dawn and so must go to bed early. The evening for such working regulars begins late in the afternoon after work, around 3:00 or so. But on occasion an early regular will come in early in the afternoon and stay until the bar closes, even on a weekday. Lately, though, the Greendale police—the ones, at least, who do not themselves come to the bar to drink—have been vigilant.

I suggest, finally, that argument as it happens at the Smokehouse is a “class act,” an event that emerges in response to tensions in Smokehouse logics of class identity. Chapter 7, “A Place for What If,” draws together the meanings of performance, persuasion, and class identity at the Smokehouse to suggest how each term delimits the others. My aim in theorizing the practices of Smokehousers is to make sense of how they theorize, or give meaning to, their own rhetorical practice. Here I conclude that the practice of argument at the Smokehouse bar represents cultural processes of class identification vis-à-vis the unnamability of class culture, as well as of domination of local forms by rhetorical marketplaces in which abstraction from local experience is the preferred currency.

Or should I find a long skirt to wear, maybe? I know tonight will be busy, and a longer, fuller skirt will be easier to move around in. I look into my closet once again and see only blue jeans. ” I finally decide in favor of the denim skirt, recalling the boss’s repeated injunctions about how important it is for you girls to keep the guys at the bar interested. (When I was first hired at the Smokehouse, Perry had assured me that he was flexible about what bartenders wore. He had explained that he asked only that his girls look nice: “If you got good legs, wear a short skirt; if your assets are elsewhere .

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