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After the Public Turn: Composition, Counterpublics, and the Citizen Bricoleur

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 In After the Public Turn, author Frank Farmer argues that counterpublics and the people who make counterpublics—“citizen bricoleurs”—deserve a more prominent role in our scholarship and in our classrooms. Encouraging students to understand and consider resistant or oppositional discourse is a viable route toward mature participation as citizens in a democracy. 

Farmer examines two very different kinds of publics, cultural and disciplinary, and discusses two counterpublics within those broad categories: zine discourses and certain academic discourses. By juxtaposing these two significantly different kinds of publics, Farmer suggests that each discursive world can be seen, in its own distinct way, as a counterpublic, an oppositional social formation that has a stake in widening or altering public life as we know it.

Drawing on major figures in rhetoric and cultural theory, Farmer builds his argument about composition teaching and its relation to the public sphere, leading to a more sophisticated understanding of public life and a deeper sense of what democratic citizenship means for our time.

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 In After the Public Turn, author Frank Farmer argues that counterpublics and the people who make counterpublics—“citizen bricoleurs”—deserve a more prominent role in our scholarship and in our classrooms. Encouraging students to understand and consider resistant or oppositional discourse is a viable route toward mature participation as citizens in a democracy. 

About the Author

 Frank Farmer is an associate professor of English at the University of Kansas and recently served as chair of the MLA Division Executive Committee on Language and Society. He is the author of Saying and Silence: Listening to Composition with Bakhtin and the editor of Landmark Essays on Bakhtin, Rhetoric, and Writing.

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9780874219135
Author:
Farmer, Frank
Publisher:
Utah State University Press
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
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Reference/Writing
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Publication Date:
20130431
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
180
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9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 19 up to 99

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History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Reference » Rhetoric
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