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By Dana L. Cloud

In this perceptive research, Dana Cloud strains the alternative of social and political activism by means of the pursuit of private, mental switch. She identifies the hot circulate because the "rhetoric of therapy", the place a persuasive cultural discourse that applies strategies corresponding to coping and adapting replaces energetic makes an attempt to reform improper platforms of social and political strength. Cloud makes a speciality of the healing discourse that emerged after the Vietnam battle and hyperlinks its upward thrust to express political and financial pursuits.

Critical case reviews establish the level to which healing discourses are persuasive, together with: the rhetoric of "family values"; media insurance of "support teams" in the course of the Gulf warfare; Gloria Steinem's Revolution from Within; the movie Thelma and Louise; and literature of the recent Age circulate.

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