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On Expertise
On Expertise
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About the Book

There is a deep distrust of experts in America today. Influenced by populist politics, many question or downright ignore the recommendations of scientists, scholars, and others with specialized training. It appears that expertise, a critical component of democratic life, no longer appeals to wide swaths of the body politic.

On Expertise is a robust defense of the expert class. Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher examines modern and ancient theories of expertise through the lens of rhetoric and interviews some forty professionals, revealing how they understand their own expertise and how they came to be known as "experts." She shows that expertise requires not only knowledge and skill but also, crucially, an acknowledgment by others--both specialists and laypeople--that one is a credible authority. At its heart, expertise is a rhetorical construct, and to be persuasive, experts must have the ability to apply their knowledge and skills rightly--in the right way, at the right time, to achieve the right end. Ultimately, Mehlenbacher argues that experts apply their technical knowledge effectively and win others' trust through acting prudently and cultivating goodwill.

Timely, practical, and sophisticated, On Expertise provides vital scaffolding for our understanding of expertise and its real-world application. This book is essential for beginning the work of rehabilitating the expert class amid a politics of extreme populism and anti-intellectualism.

About the Author:

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher is Canada Research Chair in Science, Health, and Technology Communication in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. She is the author of Science Communication Online: Engaging Experts and Publics on the Internet and coeditor of Emerging Genres in New Media Environments.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780271092768
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Penn State University Press
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 200
  • Series Title: Rsa Transdisciplinary Rhetoric
  • Weight: 467 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0271092769
  • Publisher Date: 04 May 2022
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 16 mm
  • Width: 152 mm

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