Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement

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SIU Press, Jul 24, 2008 - Education - 281 pages
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Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement explores the critical practice of intercultural inquiry and rhetorical problem-solving that encourages urban writers and college mentors alike to take literate action. Author Linda Flower documents an innovative experiment in community literacy, the Community Literacy Center in Pittsburgh, and posits a powerful and distinctively rhetorical model of community engagement and pedagogy for both marginalized and privileged writers and speakers. In addition, she articulates a theory of local publics and explores the transformative potential of alternative discourses and counter-public performances.  



In presenting a comprehensive pedagogy for literate action, the volume offers strategies for talking and collaborating across difference, forconducting an intercultural inquiry that draws out situated knowledge and rival interpretations of shared problems, and for writing and speaking to advocate for personal and public transformation. Flower describes the competing scripts for social engagement, empowerment, public deliberation, and agency that characterize the interdisciplinary debate over models of social engagement.



Extending the Community Literacy Center’s initial vision of community literacy first published a decade ago, Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement makes an important contribution to theoretical conversations about the nature of the public sphere while providing practical instruction in how all people can speak publicly for values and visions of change.

Winner, 2009 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award 

 

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Contents

The Rhetoric of Engagement
1
A CommunityUniversity Collaboration
7
What Is Community Literacy?
9
Some Available Versions of Community
21
A Community Called to Intercultural Public Inquiry
30
Taking Literate Action
44
Risk Stress and Respect
45
Meanings as Ideas in Action
52
Facing Some Contradictions in Community Outreach
154
From Contact and Contradiction to Transformed Understanding
158
Inquiry and Transformation
168
The Search for Situated Knowledge
172
The Dynamics of Public Inquiry
174
Constructive Conflict in Talking across Difference
182
Taking Rhetorical Agency
188
What Counts as Agency?
189

Theoretical Frameworks and Working Theories
73
Images of Engagement in Composition Studies
75
A Response to Social Concerns
76
Engagement through a Rhetoric of Personal and Public Performance
83
Who Am I? What Am I Doing Here?
100
Some Available Roles and Relationships
101
Borrowing Roles and Relationships from Academic Practice
111
Images of Empowerment
123
Scripts for Empowerment
125
A Working Theory of Empowerment
137
Rhetorical Tools in the Rhetoric of Making a Difference
151
Intercultural Inquiry and the Transformation of Service
153
Recognizing Agency in Others
198
Rhetorical Agency in Community Literacy
205
Affirming a Contested Agency
216
Nurturing Rhetorical Agency in Everyday Life
217
Giving a Public Presence to the Agency of Others
220
Intercultural Inquiry A Brief Guide
230
Some Significant Areas for Inquiry
232
Methods for Intercultural Inquiry
236
Notes
243
References
261
Index
275
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Linda Flower is a professor of rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University and the author, editor, or coeditor of eight books, including The Construction of Negotiated Meaning: A Social Cognitive Theory of Writing (SIU Press). The cofounder of the Community Literacy Center in Pittsburgh, Flower also has served as codirector of the Department of Education’ s National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy at Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon. 

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