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Cultural attitudes: in contexts of argumentation and explanation

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Traditionally, attitudes are supposed to predict behavior. However, due to their poor performance, we are sometimes advised to abandon the notion. The present study attempts to preserve the concept but takes attitudes to be evaluative goals accomplished through interactional, especially argumentative and explanatory activities. The paper uses reasoned-discourse analysis and demonstrates the attainment of positive attitudes towards the Dutch by expatriate Chinese intellectuals in the Netherlands by attending to a variety of argumentative and explanatory strategies in their interview talk. Results suggest that there is good empirical reason to believe that attitudes are accomplishments of communicating actors' rhetorical contextualizations.

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Shi-Xu Cultural attitudes: in contexts of argumentation and explanation. Argumentation 9, 371–398 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00721967

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  • Accomplishments
  • argumentation
  • attitudes
  • context
  • explanation
  • reasoneddiscourse analysis
  • social psychology