Campus Units

English

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Traditions of Writing Research

Volume

Section 5

Issue

Chapter 26

First Page

353

Last Page

364

Abstract

Texts largely structure the activity of the modern world and--a forteriori--the post-modern world, with its reliance on hypertextual networks. But they do so always in contexts—often in multiple contexts. Texts are given life through activity, through use in context(s). And to study them without studying their contexts (as has often been the case) is to separate writing from its very being. Yet the problem of theorizing context and contexts, plural—and of operationalizing the theory in empirical research--is one of the thorniest but most important in writing studies. Sociocultural theories of literacy emphasizing the role of context and contexts have been developed in the last 25 years in North American writing research and applied in a number of fields: primarily organizational (business, technical, and scientific) communication and education (Russell, 1997b; Bazerman & Russell, 2003).

Comments

This accepted book chapter is published as Russell, D. Writing in Multiple Contexts: Vygotskian CHAT Meets the Phenomenology of Genre. in Traditions of Writing Research. CHARLES BAZERMAN, Robert Krut, KAREN LUNSFORD, Susan McLeod, Suzie Null, Paul Rogers, Amanda Stansell. Routledge 2010, section 5 (chapter 26); 353-364. Posted with permission

Copyright Owner

Routledge

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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