Letter Writing as a Social Practice
David Barton, Nigel Hall
John Benjamins Publishing, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 262 pages
This book explores the social significance of letter writing. Letter writing is one of the most pervasive literate activities in human societies, crossing formal and informal contexts. Letters are a common text type, appearing in a wide variety of forms in most domains of life. More broadly, the importance of letter writing can be seen in that the phenomenon has been widespread historically, being one of earliest forms of writing, and a wide range of contemporary genres have their roots in letters. The writing of a letter is embedded in a particular social situation, and like all other types of literacy objects and events, the activity gains its meaning and significance from being situated in cultural beliefs, values, and practices. This book brings together anthropologists, historians, educators and other social scientists, providing a range of case studies that explore aspects of the socially situated nature of letter writing.
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CHAPTER 1 Introduction
CHAPTER 2 Letters and the Social Grounding of Differentiated Genres
CHAPTER 3 The Familiar Letter and Social Refinement in America 17501800
CHAPTER 4 Letter Writing in a Cornish Community in the 1790s
CHAPTER 5 English Pauper Letters 180034 and the English Language
A nineteenth century perspective
CHAPTER 7 LetterWriting Instruction in 19th Century Schools in the United States
CHAPTER 8 Young Childrens Explorations of Letter Writing
Visuality and Prisoners Letters
Love Letters and Social Transformation in Nepal
The Recontextualisation of LetterWriting Practices in Literacy Classes for Unschooled Adults i
The Future of the letter?
STUDIES IN WRITTEN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Some Effects of Letter Writing on Identity and Relationships
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