A Theory of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 2
by Charles Bazerman
Publisher: Parlor Press 2013
Number of pages: 228
This volume 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.
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