Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement by Dr. Linda Flower PhD

By Dr. Linda Flower PhD

Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement explores the serious perform of intercultural inquiry and rhetorical problem-solving that encourages city writers and school mentors alike to take literate motion. writer Linda Flower records an leading edge scan in neighborhood literacy, the group Literacy middle in Pittsburgh, and posits a robust and distinctively rhetorical version of neighborhood engagement and pedagogy for either marginalized and privileged writers and audio system. moreover, she articulates a concept of neighborhood publics and explores the transformative strength of other discourses and counter-public performances.  

In offering a accomplished pedagogy for literate motion, the quantity deals ideas for speaking and taking part throughout difference, for conducting an intercultural inquiry that attracts out positioned wisdom and rival interpretations of shared difficulties, and for writing and chatting with suggest for private and public transformation. Flower describes the competing scripts for social engagement, empowerment, public deliberation, and organisation that signify the interdisciplinary debate over types of social engagement.

Extending the group Literacy Center’s preliminary imaginative and prescient of group literacy first released a decade in the past, Community Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement makes a tremendous contribution to theoretical conversations in regards to the nature of the general public sphere whereas supplying sensible guide in how everybody can communicate publicly for values and visions of switch.




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The community literacy described here values but differs from the literacies of urban street corners, front porches, or churches used by community folk. It actively resists the vocationally oriented, acritical, limited literacy taught in urban working-class schools to community children as well as the bureaucratic language of clients, services, and regulations demanded by social service agencies. 5 This community/university collaboration also gives community literacy a distinctive place in service-learning.

Bound by a strong pride of place (Pittsburghers don’t seem to leave even when the jobs do), by passions for icons, such as, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and by deep neighborhood roots (that can create equally deep divisiveness), this symbolic creation functions to say we are indeed a polity, a single social, economic, political body. The unofficial theme song of the Pirates baseball team (and thus Pittsburgh) at this time was Sister Sledge’s hit We Are Family. Pittsburgh’s three major family foundations (the Howard Heinz Endowments, the R.

But as I have argued elsewhere, this is not a role that most academic activists, much less students, are likely (or maybe even aspire) to achieve in normal projects or the limited time for contact. In the search for a community in which to talk across difference, this is not the opening readily available to most educators and students. Symbolic Constructions If community works as a comfortable family of meanings on the Northside, it is a much more problematic term in other quarters. indd 23 4/24/08 10:27:05 AM 24 A Community/University Collaboration notation of warm, happy solidarity has been rightly criticized for masking a habit of silencing minority or dissident voices within its communal grasp.

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