Carrithers - Chapter 07
There is a kind of rhetorical functioning in the disorderly zones of
human life, which sustains and transforms the persons involved.
Linguistic operations at the edges of disorder appear as we engage our
human deceptive and imaginative abilities, our abilities to produce
alternatives, to resist what we learn is expected of us. In these
zones, discomfort with the limits of our own cultures motivates
tropological experiments, 'the sleight of hand at the limit of a text',
as Voloshinov wrote. Here especially, the rhetorics of emotion work to
transform socioemotional reality, having a critical and often unwitting
impact on social life.