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ERIC Number: EJ1097455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Sponsoring True Feeling: Literacy, "Parrhêsia," and Civic "Mythos" in the Writings of Detained Youth
Catchings, Libby
Written Communication, v33 n2 p216-245 Apr 2016
This qualitative study traces different articulations of the public, emotional honesty, and economic advantage in the literacy sponsorship of detained writer Lil' Purp by "The Beat Within," a publication for incarcerated youth and adults. Findings are compared to "The Beat"'s own account of Purp's progress, revealing a set of practices reminiscent of Socratic "parrhêsia" that revise understanding of literacy sponsorship by expanding it to a philosophical register. Because "The Beat" also becomes a site of affective solidarity among detained writers in a way that resists the directional logic of writing toward civic participation, the study supports thinking about affect in public writing not as a process that moves "toward" political action, but rather as action in the immediate space of its utterance and reception. Such findings have implications both for public writing pedagogy and for community-based literacy scholarship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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