A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class by Julie Lindquist

By Julie Lindquist

Linguists became more and more attracted to analyzing how type tradition is socially developed and maintained via spoken language. Julie Lindquist's exam of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago is a vital and unique contribution to the sector. She examines how usual buyers argue approximately political matters for you to create a gaggle identification headquartered round political ideology. She additionally indicates how their political arguments are literally a rhetorical style, one that creates a fragile stability among crew team spirit and person id, in addition to a tenuous and ambivalent feel of sophistication id.

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I sigh. “Yes,” I say to the younger man. “It’s true, I’m a communist. S. Constitution, either,” I explain to Steve. ” roars Ed. “Well, you know, you don’t believe in freedom of speech,” I tease. “You know, the First Amendment. . ” Ed is getting suspicious; he knows I’m up to something. “I do, too. ” The younger guy, Steve, is looking back and forth, not yet sure how to read this exchange. “Ah,” I say, savoring the moment. ” I know it is dangerous to allude to the “flag thing,” but I decide—the phone guys are at the other end of the bar and seem not to be paying attention—to risk it.

It is a common practice for bartenders to “buy” customers drinks to amend some error or indiscretion, or when the customer has proven his loyalty as a patron by spending most of his roll at the bar—but it seems as if lately, Roy, a regular customer, says the same thing every time I buy him a drink. I am told that he makes the same remark, over and over again, to all the bartenders. The phrase has come to characterize Roy as much as, say, the St. Louis Cardinals cap he always wears to proclaim his disdain for the Cubs, Chicago’s yuppie Northside team.

I try the front door to the building and am surprised to find it locked. For a moment I consider the possibility that perhaps the janitor has been sneaking booze again and has forgotten to unlock the door for me, but then I remember that Perry, the owner, is “remodeling” again. I recall now that Perry intends to convert the front entrance and vestibule of the building into an “office” (in which to conduct interviews, reprimands, firings, and the like) and to redirect customers through the doors leading to the banquet room.

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