African American Women's Perception of Rebuttal Analogy: Judgements Concerning Politeness, Likeability and Ethics

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Published by Taylor and Francis in Southern Communication Journal Volume 64, Issue 1, pages 32-47.

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Southern Communication Journal


Recent theorizing and research suggest that communicators using rebuttal analogy are rated as less polite, less likable, less competent and less ethical than communicators using a nonanalogy form of the same argument. A significant limitation of this work, however, is that it focuses largely on European Americans to the exclusion of other important groups, such as African American women, that are exposed to rebuttal analogy in public discourse.