Letter Writing as a Social Practice

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David Barton, Nigel Hall
John Benjamins Publishing, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 262 pages
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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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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
1
CHAPTER 2 Letters and the Social Grounding of Differentiated Genres
15
CHAPTER 3 The Familiar Letter and Social Refinement in America 17501800
31
CHAPTER 4 Letter Writing in a Cornish Community in the 1790s
43
CHAPTER 5 English Pauper Letters 180034 and the English Language
63
A nineteenth century perspective
83
CHAPTER 7 LetterWriting Instruction in 19th Century Schools in the United States
109
CHAPTER 8 Young Childrens Explorations of Letter Writing
131
Visuality and Prisoners Letters
179
Love Letters and Social Transformation in Nepal
199
The Recontextualisation of LetterWriting Practices in Literacy Classes for Unschooled Adults i
209
The Future of the letter?
233
Author biographies
253
Index of Names
257
Index of Subjects
259
STUDIES IN WRITTEN LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
263

Some Effects of Letter Writing on Identity and Relationships
151

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