Organizational Rhetoric

Organizational Rhetoric

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Why do citizens demand that their political systems be democratic, but tolerate autocratic rule within their organizations? Why do governments spend trillions to aid corporations in spite of intense opposition by the vast majority of their citizens? Why do most people accept cultural myths about economies and organizations in spite of contradictory evidence, while others resist them? This book argues that the answers lie in the power of organizational rhetoric--the strategic use of symbols to manipulate popular opinion and political power. Organizational Rhetoricmines the mythical systems that underlie corporate influence and explains how corporate rhetors use these mythologies to create and sustain preferential public policies and favorable images. Each chapter also examines resistance to these mythologies, and concludes with an illustrative case study. This accessible and engaging book asks readers to think carefully and critically about domination and resistance. Moreover, it engages them in an analysis of how their own practices contribute to underlying structures and ideologies, and how their actions could contribute to change.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 160 x 200 x 30mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745647162
  • 9780745647166

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Why do citizens demand that their political systems be democratic, but tolerate autocratic rule within their organizations? Why dogovernments spend trillions to aid corporations in spite of intenseopposition by the vast majority of their citizens? Why do mostpeople accept cultural myths about economies and organizations inspite of contradictory evidence, while others resist them? Thisbook argues that the answers lie in the power of organizationalrhetoric--the strategic use of symbols to manipulate popularopinion and political power.

Organizational Rhetoricmines the mythical systems thatunderlie corporate influence and explains how corporate rhetors usethese mythologies to create and sustain preferential publicpolicies and favorable images. Each chapter also examinesresistance to these mythologies, and concludes with an illustrativecase study.

This accessible and engaging book asks readers to thinkcarefully and critically about domination and resistance. Moreover, it engages them in an analysis of how their own practicescontribute to underlying structures and ideologies, and how theiractions could contribute to change.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: What is Rhetoric? What is Organizational Rhetoric? Why are they important? Chapter 2: Creating Topoi for Organizational Rhetoric Chapter 3: Constructing the Leadership Mythos Chapter 4: Organizational Rhetoric and Public Polity Making Chapter 5: Rhetoric and the Management of Organizational Identities, Images and Crises Bibiliography
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"This book is smart, insightful, sometimes funny, sometimes alarming, and always engaging. Professor Conrad opens up space and offers useful guidelines for how to think more critically, carefully and responsibly about the rhetoric produced by and about organizations. The book is intellectually sophisticated yet accessible and Professor Conrad has chosen timely and compelling examples to help illustrate and clarify key ideas." Kathleen Krone, University of Nebraska
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About Charles R. Conrad

Charles Conrad is Professor and Honors Scholar-Teacher at Texas A&M University.
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