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dc.contributor.authorBurke, James E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-01-03en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:50:42Z
dc.date.available2008-01-03en_US
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:50:42Z
dc.date.issued2004-12-10en_US
dc.date.submitted2004-12-23en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-12232004-094256en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36419
dc.description.abstractMetaphor as tool is a concept that has increasing analysis and support in the past several years. Long before the wealth of contemporary analysis, Rachel Carson produced Silent Spring, a book hailed as the motivation for a new environmental movement in the United States. The use of metaphor in Silent Spring is most apparent in the title. The title's focus, however poignant, even moving and motivating, is complemented by a rich set of metaphorical entailments and implications that reinforce and strengthen the title's metaphor and represent systemic forces and practices that lead to and prevent a spring of silence. Carson skillfully appropriated marketing metaphors used by chemical companies to sell insecticides and pesticides. She transformed these metaphors into powerful criticisms of indiscriminate chemical practices, forcefully undercutting industry arguments for chemicals as a means of guaranteeing "control." The effects of Carson's metaphors, built on a strong, complex foundation of scientific studies, invite reader participation and interaction as outlined by Lakoff and Johnson. The metaphors further entertain, educate, explain, describe in the sense of Wittgenstein's language games, and tightly integrate action and language. More fundamentally, her metaphors helped to establish a systems view and nature-oriented paradigm for analyzing, and resolving environmental issues and problems in the United States, creating a framework for debate and policy development and implementation, in the vein of Schon's and Rein's arguments for framing and policy design. The metaphors also set a stage for personal motivation by connecting individual human homes to nature and the global environment.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartSilentSpringMetaphorsBurke.pdfen_US
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dc.subjectMetaphoren_US
dc.subjectParadigmen_US
dc.subjectSilent Springen_US
dc.subjectRachel Carsonen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental Discourseen_US
dc.titleSilent Spring's Metaphors: Insights for 21st Century Environmental Discourseen_US
dc.typethesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentScience and Technology Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairPatzig, Eileen Cristen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberReeves, Barbara J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHauger, J. Scotten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-12232004-094256/en_US


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