Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement
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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The Rhetoric of Engagement
A CommunityUniversity Collaboration
What Is Community Literacy?
Some Available Versions of Community
A Community Called to Intercultural Public Inquiry
Taking Literate Action
Risk Stress and Respect
Meanings as Ideas in Action
Facing Some Contradictions in Community Outreach
From Contact and Contradiction to Transformed Understanding
Inquiry and Transformation
The Search for Situated Knowledge
The Dynamics of Public Inquiry
Constructive Conflict in Talking across Difference
Taking Rhetorical Agency
What Counts as Agency?
Theoretical Frameworks and Working Theories
Images of Engagement in Composition Studies
A Response to Social Concerns
Engagement through a Rhetoric of Personal and Public Performance
Who Am I? What Am I Doing Here?
Some Available Roles and Relationships
Borrowing Roles and Relationships from Academic Practice
Images of Empowerment
Scripts for Empowerment
A Working Theory of Empowerment
Rhetorical Tools in the Rhetoric of Making a Difference
Intercultural Inquiry and the Transformation of Service
Recognizing Agency in Others
Rhetorical Agency in Community Literacy
Affirming a Contested Agency
Nurturing Rhetorical Agency in Everyday Life
Giving a Public Presence to the Agency of Others
Intercultural Inquiry A Brief Guide
Some Significant Areas for Inquiry
Methods for Intercultural Inquiry
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