Give Peaceful Resistance A Chance, And Maria J. Stephan And Erica Chenoweth

1694 Words Oct 7th, 2016 7 Pages
In Erica Chenoweth’s “Give Peaceful Resistance a Chance”, and Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth’s “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict,” both articles argue that nonviolent protest is more effective than that of violent protests. However, Chenoweth’s article is an op-ed piece which is presented to a general audience while the Chenoweth & Stephan piece was written for an academic journal and is directed towards people who are knowledgeable about the subject. In order to capture the attention of your reader and, more importantly, to relay the point, it is crucial to acknowledge your intended audience and their needs in terms the complexity of the arguments, style and language. It is also crucial to understand the differences in genre because when reading a piece, the build and approach will depend on the audience and it is easier to comprehend a piece if you have prior knowledge of the breakdown of each genre. In this paper I am going to discuss how, depending on the genre, Stephan and Chenoweth structure, language, and style their papers to argue for the belief that civil disobedience is effective.
Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth write their academic journal in a technical fashion using complex examples and referencing multiple case studies. They do this so that the professionals who read their work will be swayed by their thorough research into the subject and the evidence they present to support it. Had they chosen to write this…

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