Vernon K. Robbins

Sociorhetorical Interpretation

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Dictionary of Socio-Rhetorical Terms

Welcome to the Dictionary of Socio-Rhetorical Terms. From this page, you are able to find the definitions of most of the major terms and concepts used by Socio-Rhetorical Criticism (and related fields) as well as short descriptions of the "textures" that make up a religious text.

To begin, click on the letter that begins the word for which you are seeking a definition:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J-L | M-N | O | P-Q | R | S | T-Z

Click an item on the Textures Table, go to the Rhetorolect/Belief Systems or Belief Systems//Sacred Texture Table:

Inner Texture

Intertexture

Social-Cultural Texture

Ideological Texture

Sacred Texture

Repetitive

Progressive

Narrational

Opening-Middle-Closing

Oral-Scribal

Recitation

Recontextualization

Reconfiguration

Narrative Amplification

Thematic Elaboration

Cultural

Reference or allusion

Echo

Specific Topics

Conversionist

Revolutionist

Introversionist

Gnostic-Manipulationist

Thaumaturgic

Reformist

Utopian

Individual Locations

Relation to Groups

Clique

Gang

Action set

Faction

Corporate group

Historic tradition

Multiple traditions

Deity

Holy person

Spirit being

Human redemption

Argumentative

Sensory-Aesthetic

Emotion-fused thought

Self-expressive speech

Purposeful action

Social

Role

Institution

Code

Relationship

Historical

Multiplicity of data

Nature of data

Common Topics

Honor-Shame: ascribed, acquired

Individualist, dyadic

Contracts: colleague, patron-client

Challenge-response

Exchange systems

Peasants

Limited goods

Purity codes

Modes of Intellectual Discourse

Historical-critical

Social-scientific

History of religions

New historical

Postmodern

Socio-rhetorical

Human commitment

Religious community

Ecclesiology

Ethics

 

 

Final Categories

Dominant Culture

Subculture

Counterculture

Contraculture

Liminal Culture

Spheres of Ideology

Implied author location

Ideology of power

 

Definitions written by Mark Roncace, David Charnon, and Tamara Yates based on Vernon K. Robbins, Exploring the Texture of Texts, Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1996 and Vernon K. Robbins, The Tapestry of Early Christianity: Rhetoric, Society, and Ideology, London and New York: Routledge, 1996.