The Politics of Writing

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 261 pages
Writing matters: it plays a key role in the circulation of ideas in society and has a direct impact on the development of democracy. But only a few get to do the kind of writing that most influence this development.
The Politics of Writing examines writing as a social practice. The authors draw on critical linguistics, cultural studies and literacy studies, as they explore and analyse:
* the social context in which writing is embedded
* the processes and practices of writing
* the purposes of writing
* the reader-writer relationship
* issues of writer identity.
They challenge current notions of 'correctness' and argue for a more democratic pedagogy as part of the answer to the inequitable distribution of the right to write.
 

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Contents

WRITING POLITICS AND POWER
20
WRITING AND SOCIAL CONTEXT
57
WRITING PROCESSES AND PRACTICES
81
WHY WRITE? PURPOSES FOR WRITING
107
WRITER IDENTITY
134
THE ROLE OF THE READER IN WRITING
161
ISSUES OF CORRECTNESS AND STANDARDISATION
187
SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF
217
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