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A Theory of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 2

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Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara

Copyright Year: 2013

ISBN 13: 9781602354791

Publisher: WAC Clearinghouse

Language: English

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Reviewed by Hannah Lee, Instructor; Web & Technology Coordinator, DePaul University on 8/15/17

In the second volume to A Theory of Literate Action, Bazerman posits an expansive understanding of how writing operates between the individual’s psychology and consciousness within society, drawing on authoritative works within the diverse canons... read more

Table of Contents

  • Front Matter
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Symbolic Animal and the Cultural Transformation of Nature
  • Chapter 2. Symbolic Selves in Society: Vygotsky on Language and Formation of the Social Mind
  • Chapter 3. Active Social Symbolic Selves: Vygotskian Traditions
  • Chapter 4. Active Social Symbolic Selves: The Phenomenological Sociology Tradition
  • Chapter 5. Active Social Symbolic Selves: The Pragmatic Tradition within American Social Science
  • Chapter 6. Social Order: Structural and Structurational Sociology
  • Chapter 7. From the Interaction Order to Shared Meanings
  • Chapter 8. Linguistic Orders
  • Chapter 9. Utterances and Their Meanings
  • Chapter 10. The World in the Text: Indexed and Created
  • Chapter 11. The Writer on the Spot and on the Line
  • References

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  • About the Book

    The second in a two-volume set, A Theory of Literate Action draws on work from the social sciences—and in particular sociocultural psychology, phenomenological sociology, and the pragmatic tradition of social science—to "reconceive rhetoric fundamentally around the problems of written communication rather than around rhetoric's founding concerns of high stakes, agonistic, oral public persuasion" (p. 3). An expression of more than a quarter-century of reflection and scholarly inquiry, this volume represents a significant contribution to contemporary rhetorical theory.

    About the Contributors


    Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of numerous research articles and books on the social role of writing, academic genres, and textual analysis, as well as textbooks on the teaching of writing.

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