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Writing Community Change: Designing Technologies for Citizen Action (Jeffrey T. Grabill)

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Title: Writing Community Change
Sub-title: Designing Technologies for Citizen Action
Author(s): Jeffrey T. Grabill
Publish Date: March 2007
Pages: 156
Format: Cloth
This is a book about how people use advanced information technologies to write for community change. The author argues that the work of citizenship is knowledge work--on the same order as the knowledge work expected of workers in business and industry settings. Those writing for community change must interact with complex databases--even create them--work with ill-formed sets of information, and from this material, write persuasively to professional audiences. The civic rhetoric required is therefore mediated by complex information technologies that is deeply coordinated and collaborative. Rhetorical activity in contemporary communities requires the participation of many people and technologies. Invention is distributed; writing is always collaborative.

The importance of this book is the way it understands writing and technology, citizenship, and the implications of these understanding for how we need to teach and learn with students in university writing classrooms.

Contents: WRITING TECHNOLOGIES AND COMMUNITY ACTION. A Mundane Example of Writing. Understanding Information Technologies in Communities. Community Action. Notes. UNDERSTANDING CIVIC INFORMATION & INFRASTRUCTURES. DataInformationKnowledge. Infrastructure. The Federal Data System. Community Information Infrastructures. Boring Things. Notes. COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND RISK COMMUNICATION: METHODOLOGY OF TWO CASES. Risk Communication in Harbor. Capital Area Community Information. Notes. INVENTING (IN) A COMMUNITY. A Short Essay on Expertise. Doing Science in Harbor, Lansing , and Through the Interface: Coordinated Writing Processes. Toward a techne of Community Knowledge Work. Notes. MAKING INFRASTRUCTURES TO SUPPORT INVENTION. Infrastructures and/as Métis Capable Institutions. The Ubiquitous Public Meeting. Grassroots. Writing Teachers Making Infrastructure. Notes. WRITING PROGRAMS AND PUBLIC LIFE. The Purposes of Writing. The Writing Work of Citizens. The Writing Work of Students. Toward a Writing Program with a Public Face. Notes. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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