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Thu May 6 2004

Books: Sociolinguistics: Casanave

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  1. susan.barker, Writing Games: Casanave

Message 1: Writing Games: Casanave

Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:29:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: susan.barker <>
Subject: Writing Games: Casanave

Title: Writing Games
Subtitle: Multicultural Case Studies of Academic Literacy Practices in
	 Higher Education
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher:	Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Author: Christine Pearson Casanave, Teachers College Columbia
	University Tokyo, Japan

Hardback: ISBN: 080583530X, Pages: 336, Price: U.S. $: 79.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0805835318, Pages: 336, Price: U.S. $: 37.50

This book explores how writers from several different cultures learn
to write in their academic settings, and how their writing practices
interact with and contribute to their evolving identities as students
and professionals in academic environments in higher education.

Embedded in a theoretical framework of situated practice, the
naturalistic case studies and literacy autobiographies include
portrayals of undergraduate students and teachers, master's level
students, doctoral students, young bilingual faculty, and established
scholars, all of whom are struggling to understand their roles in
ambiguously defined communities of academic writers.

In addition to the notion of situated practice, the other powerful
concept used as an interpretive framework is captured by the metaphor
of "games" - a metaphor designed to emphasize that the practice of
academic writing is shaped but not dictated by rules and conventions;
that writing games consist of the practice of playing, not the rules
themselves; and that writers have choices about whether and how to

Focusing on people rather than experiments, numbers, and abstractions,
this interdisciplinary work draws on concepts and methods from
narrative inquiry, qualitative anthropology and sociology, and case
studies of academic literacy in the field of composition and
rhetoric. The style of the book is accessible and reader friendly,
eschewing highly technical insider language without dismissing complex
issues. It has a multicultural focus in the sense that the people
portrayed are from a number of different cultures within and outside
North America. It is also a multivocal work: the author positions
herself as both an insider and outsider and takes on the different
voices of each; other voices that appear are those of her case study
participants, and published authors and their case study
participants. It is the author's hope that readers will find multiple
ways to connect their own experiences with those of the writers the
book portrays. 

Lingfield(s):	Applied Linguistics 
		Ling & Literature

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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