chapter  9
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Can there be genre difference in economic literature?


The rhetorical turn in economics is a small but growing movement. Over the past fifteen years economists, drawing inspiration from postmodern currents in literary studies, linguistics, philosophy, and feminist theory, have produced a diverse literature on the role of language in economics. McCloskey (1985, 1990, 1994) has led the way, challenging the still-dominant positivist faith of the discipline by showing that economists’ facts and logics are all rhetorically produced by means of metaphors, stylistic conventions, and other devices. Her conclusion is that economic knowledge is best viewed – and produced – as always and everywhere a literary phenomenon.