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ERIC Number: EJ902814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 101
ISSN: ISSN-1555-9734
Community Literacy: A Rhetorical Model for Personal and Public Inquiry
Higgins, Lorraine; Long, Elenore; Flower, Linda
Community Literacy Journal, v1 n1 p9-43 2006
This paper develops a rhetorically centered model of community literacy in the theoretical and practical context of local publics--those spaces where ordinary people develop public voices to engage in intercultural inquiry and deliberation. Drawing on fifteen years of action research in the Community Literacy Center and beyond, the authors characterize the distinctive features of local publics, the deliberative, intercultural discourses they circulate, and the literate practices that sustain them. They identify four critical practices at the heart of community literacy: assessing the rhetorical situation, creating local publics, developing citizens' rhetorical capacities, and supporting change through the circulation of alternative texts and practices. (Contains 29 notes.)
Community Literacy Journal. Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse, DePaul University, 802 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tel: 906-370-0206; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania