A Theory of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 2

  • rhetoric and composition, writing strategies, writing studies, rhetorical theory, social science

By Charles Bazerman
Copy edited by Don Donahue. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverThe second in a two-volume set, A Theory of Literate Action 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" (p. 3). An expression of more than a quarter-century of reflection and scholarly inquiry, this volume represents a significant contribution to contemporary rhetorical theory.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter


Chapter 1. The Symbolic Animal and the Cultural Transformation of Nature

Chapter 2. Symbolic Selves in Society: Vygotsky on Language and Formation of the Social Mind

Chapter 3. Active Social Symbolic Selves: Vygotskian Traditions

Chapter 4. Active Social Symbolic Selves: The Phenomenological Sociology Tradition

Chapter 5. Active Social Symbolic Selves: The Pragmatic Tradition within American Social Science

Chapter 6. Social Order: Structural and Structurational Sociology

Chapter 7. From the Interaction Order to Shared Meanings

Chapter 8. Linguistic Orders

Chapter 9. Utterances and Their Meanings

Chapter 10. The World in the Text: Indexed and Created

Chapter 11. The Writer on the Spot and on the Line


About the Author

Charles Bazerman, Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of numerous research articles and books on the social role of writing, academic genres, and textual analysis, as well as textbooks on the teaching of writing.

Publication Information: Bazerman, Charles. (2013). A Theory of Literate Action: Literate Action Volume 2. The WAC Clearinghouse; Parlor Press. https://doi.org/10.37514/PER-B.2013.4791

Publication Date: August 17, 2013.

ISBN: 978-1-64215-053-7 (pdf) | 978-1-64215-053474 (epub) | 978-1-60235-477-7 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PER-B.2013.4791

Contact Information:
Charles Bazerman: bazerman@education.ucsb.edu

Perspectives on Writing

Series Editor: Susan H. McLeod, University of California, Santa Barbara

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