, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 179–207 | Cite as

Advancing Polylogical Analysis of Large-Scale Argumentation: Disagreement Management in the Fracking Controversy

  • Mark AakhusEmail author
  • Marcin Lewiński


This paper offers a new way to make sense of disagreement expansion from a polylogical perspective by incorporating various places (venues) in addition to players (parties) and positions (standpoints) into the analysis. The concepts build on prior implicit ideas about disagreement space by suggesting how to more fully account for argumentative context, and its construction, in large-scale complex controversies. As a basis for our polylogical analysis, we use a New York Times news story reporting on an oil train explosion—a significant point in the broader controversy over producing oil and gas via hydraulic fracturing (fracking).


Argumentation Controversy Deliberation Design Disagreement space Fracking Infrastructural inversion Infrastructure Polylogue Venues 



An earlier version of this paper was presented during the 8th Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) held at the University of Amsterdam, 1–4 July 2014. Marcin Lewiński acknowledges support of two Grants of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT): SFRH/BPD/74541/2010 and PTDC/MHC-FIL/0521/2014.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Communication and InformationRutgers, The State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.ArgLab, Institute of Philosophy, FCSHUniversidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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