Chronotopes: Forms of Time in Rhetorical Argument

College English, Vol. 69, No.1, pp. 52-73, 2006

22 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2009

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Jordynn Jack

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

While participatory approaches to biotechnology policy have gained ground among government and non-profit agencies, few studies examine how such approaches function rhetorically in practice. In this study, I examine transcripts from participatory, deliberative meetings hosted by the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Council over policies related to genetically modified foods. I argue that dominant frameworks for understanding biotechnology - space-time compression and substantial equivalence - overshadow alternative understandings based on the precautionary principle or life cycles. Each of these framework entails fundamental assumptions about space and time, assumptions that overlap with ideological commitments to sustainability or profit.

Keywords: biotechnology, time, space, rhetoric, rhetorical theory, Canada, chronotope

Suggested Citation

Jack, Jordynn, Chronotopes: Forms of Time in Rhetorical Argument (2006). College English, Vol. 69, No.1, pp. 52-73, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1525923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1525923

Jordynn Jack (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( email )

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
United States

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