By Sharon McKenzie Stevens,Wayne Franklin
In A position for Dialogue, Sharon McKenzie Stevens perspectives the contradictions and collaborations curious about the administration of public land in southern Arizona—and by means of extension the full arid West—through the lens of political rhetoric. Revealing the socioecological relationships between cattlemen and environmentalists in addition to builders and recreationists, she analyzes the ways in which language shapes panorama by way of shaping judgements approximately land use.
Stevens makes a speciality of the collaborative Sonoran wasteland Conservation Plan initiated by way of Pima County, Arizona, the ever present use of medical argument to guard contradictory practices, and the development and negotiation of rancher/environmentalist identities to light up either actually and metaphorically the dynamics of land use politics. Drawing in particular upon broad interviews with a various array of brokers on each side of the debate—ranchers, environmentalists, scientists, land managers, govt officials—on ancient narratives, and on her personal conflicting reports as an individual who grew up with those that paintings the western lands, she demonstrates that it's attainable to take advantage of ameliorations to resolve, instead of to irritate, the entrenched difficulties that bridge land and language.
By integrating her richly textured case examine of a delicate quarter with rhetorical methods to narrative, science-based argument, and collective identities, Stevens makes an important contribution to the fields of rhetoric, land administration, and cultural studies.
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