By Linda Flower

Neighborhood 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 cutting edge scan in neighborhood literacy, the neighborhood Literacy heart in Pittsburgh, and posits a robust and distinctively rhetorical version of group engagement and pedagogy for either marginalized and privileged writers and audio system. furthermore, she articulates a idea of neighborhood publics and explores the transformative strength of different discourses and counter-public performances.

In providing a finished pedagogy for literate motion, the amount deals options for speaking and participating throughout distinction, for engaging in an intercultural inquiry that attracts out located wisdom and rival interpretations of shared difficulties, and for writing and talking to suggest for private and public transformation. Flower describes the competing scripts for social engagement, empowerment, public deliberation, and employer that represent the interdisciplinary debate over types of social engagement. Extending the neighborhood Literacy Center’s preliminary imaginative and prescient of group literacy first released a decade in the past, neighborhood Literacy and the Rhetoric of Public Engagement makes a tremendous contribution to theoretical conversations concerning the nature of the general public sphere whereas offering functional guide in how each person can converse publicly for values and visions of swap.

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Both may enter these supposed partnerships without a personal interest or expertise in creating reciprocity. And “twice-burned” community organizations learn to avoid the phone calls from the local university. , ongoing issues) but around ad hoc “projects” that grow out of the opportunities presenting themselves in a given semester. Mathieu argues for “tactics” rather than “strategies” (identifying strategic thinking with institutional agendas designed to control others through stable, measurable practices) (p.

Indd 20 4/24/08 10:27:04 AM What Is Community Literacy? 21 • draw people normally separated by difference into new roles as partners in inquiry; • recognize and use difference in the service of discovery and change, transforming rather than erasing its conflicts and contradictions. Community literacy is, in short, a working hypothesis about how we might construct a community that supports dialogue across difference. In the Risk and Respect project (chapter 2), we will look at what these aspirations for literate action might actually mean in practice.

Community folk is a term of endearment. The companion term community organizations is mostly used for grass-roots, neighborhood nonprofits, churches, and local action groups. It would not reference elite organizations like the opera society (in the way a service-learning center might), but it does include institutions like the eighty-year-old Community House. indd 22 4/24/08 10:27:04 AM What Is Community Literacy? 23 tall windows and fireplaces framed with dark wood mantels was built as a settlement house in 1916 like Jane Addams’s Hull House in Chicago.

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