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When expertises clash

(Topic) modeling stasis about complex issues across large discursive corpora
WithZoltan P. Majdik

This chapter focuses on some of the rhetorical and linguistic underpinnings of how tensions between competing expertises in public engagements with complex technical issues arise, from mis-aligned expectations, judgments, and practices about who holds legitimate expertise and how expertise ought to be enacted. The chapter outlines a potential new perspective on how to think about such tensions, grounded in theories of justificatory logics, stasis, and topoi, and advanced through computational methods of semantic topic modeling.