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Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0809328529
ISBN-10: 0809328526
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“This book gathers into one place the thinking and theorizing that has gone into the CLC, a pioneering literacy project; it meanwhile engages with several current subtopics in composition studies—critical pedagogy, rhetoric, service-learning, empowerment, agency, invention, multiculturalism—and contributes to them in fresh, confident ways.”

— Thomas Deans, author of Writing and Community Action: A Service-Learning Rhetoric and Reader



 “Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement ranks at the very top of contributions in the fields of composition studies, literacy research, and sociocultural perspectives on learning.”

—Glynda Hull, University of California, Berkeley

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (July 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809328526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809328529
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ira shor on December 24, 2009
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Prof. Flower offers a compelling story of collaboration between her Rhetoric Program at CMU and an inner-city Pittsburgh literacy center. Her goal is intercultural inquiry where all parties co-develop the process and question each other's positions. The chapters are very helpful because they detail how the project was set up, how it operated, who did what and said what, and how it built a democratic "public" in one urban area. Prof. Flower's erudition is deep and thoroughly readable; she sets this community project into several academic disciplines and literatures-- literacy, communications in democracy, power relations, the utility of ethnographic research, among them. What can disciplines like writing instruction and rhetoric accomplish vis a vis social change? How can university students and faculty make a difference in the larger community? Read this inspiring book to see.
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Flower's book is absolutely fantastic.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in community literacy and civic education. It is a must own!
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By Ed Earl on December 19, 2011
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Nothing special - needed it for class.

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