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Analysis Of The Nature And Value Of Discourse

" In this essay, Said (641) recognizes that there are discourses peculiar to a single culture and knowledge that is related to having been born into that culture. The exile upon entering into various discourses outside of this culture often finds himself lacking in knowledge and unable to communicate beyond the superficial level. The location of speakers or knowers is therefore key to the meaning and interpretation as well as the position in which discourse occurs.

In "Black Power and Stokely," C.L.R. James (414) offers the example of Stokely Carmichael and the slogan "Black Power" as a form of discourse in which all Americans participate, but which resonates most fully within the psyches of African-Americans whose familiarity with Carmichael's central thesis and emotive response to that thesis is taken for granted. Understanding what Carmichael meant by Black Power is seen by James (418) as largely predicated on the knowledge and experiences of speakers and knowers who may not necessarily bring to a discourse on racial matters an understanding of those matters that is congruent.

The idea advanced by James (418) is that to effectively participate in a discourse of the type offered by Carmichael and other minority activists in the United States, one must be willing to assume that the "facts" emotions implicit in this discourse emerge from a lived experience. One must accept the premise that the unique knowledge or perspective being offered has merit and should be respected. Given that Carmichael's discourse took the form of a direct challenge to mainstream society and its beliefs and values, it is easy to understand why this particular type of discourse represents a challenge to relationships among people.

In discussing discourse, Audre Lorde (441-442) positions her analysis in the context of relations among women who are "d


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