Rhetorical Analysis: Rhetorical Aspects Of Social Isolation

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Rhetorical Aspects of Social Isolation The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States of America. It holds works and research from thousands of professionals, and has the ability to be used by professionals and students alike. The American Psychological Association is a type of a discourse community, we share basic values and assumptions in this field, and we also have ways of communicating about those goals in a specific context (APA format). To get these points across, we use the term rhetoric to target a specific audience concerning those specific goals. As for rhetoric, rhetoric can be defined as the study of making texts that effectively persuade an audience towards change…show more content…
If the audience does not understand the manipulation of words (use of rhetoric), the idea will not get put across to the extent that the author wishes. In this account though, the author strategically targeted psychology professionals and future psychology professionals. This made the explanation of the text, to do further research on the subject of super max prisons and social isolation, clearly understood. If targeting an audience who did not believe social isolation was a prevalent issue, the whole persuasion of the article would be lost, and the reader would leave missing some sort of context, wondering what the article’s purpose was. The importance of who the audience is, is proven when Haney states that, despite the shared perspective that many psychologists have about the dangers of isolation and social exclusion, there has not been nearly enough research done into the psychological impact of enforced solitary confinement. This is the key to the targeted audience; it is Haney, targeting someone in the profession of psychology, and he is pulling out the problem behind the
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