research paper on Rhetoric and Stereotypes
A 3 page essay that discusses stereotypes. A stereotype can be looked upon as rhetorical shorthand, a brief, but readily understood way of indicating a widespread culturally understood conception of a specific type of person. It is a way in which a society deals with difference. For example, stereotypes are used frequently in regards to ethnic differences, as people "construct the Other as different from Us, with stereotypes thus becoming the building blocks of dichotomies...between 'Us' and 'Them'" (Tseliou and Eisler, 2007, p. 515). This examination of the rhetoric of stereotypes looks briefly at how politicians, tattooed people, feminists and senior citizens, which are all groups that have been frequently stereotyped. Bibliography lists 4 sources.