Review: Rhetoric of Respect: Recognizing Change at a Community Writing Center

Yuan Sang
Review: Rhetoric of Respect: Recognizing Change at a Community Writing Center
by Tiffany Rousculp. Urbana: NCTE, 2014. 185 pp.
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A writing center is an institution for people to discuss and improve their writing with tutors who work there, thus it is often seen in various levels of schools where it provides services to the school’s students. Compared with that kind of commonly seen writing center, one devoted to the community is rare and very different. Continue reading

Review: Language, Society & Power: An Introduction (4th edition)

Jason A. Kemp
Language, Society & Power: An Introduction (4th edition) by Annabelle Mooney and Betsy Evans. New York: Routledge, 2015. 262 pp.
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In this text, the authors ask, “Where is language?” (p. 86). The answer, of course, is everywhere. The fourth edition of Language, Society and Power: An Introduction is an exploration of the ubiquity of language and the ways in which it shapes our world and, in turn, is shaped by the world. Continue reading

Review: Literacy and Education

Jieun Kim
Literacy and Education by James Paul Gee. New York: Routledge, 2015. 148 pp.
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Gee’s recent scholarly work, Literacy and Education, elucidates how the concept of literacy, starting in the early 1980s, came to be seen not merely as a mental exercise but as a social and cultural practice. In a relatively concise format, Gee presents a good overview of his subject and an in-depth look at how perceptions of literacy have changed—from seeing it simply as the cognitive ability to read and write to a vital socio-cultural discourse. Continue reading