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Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition
Institutions of higher learning seem traditionally isolated from the realities of the neighborhoods around them. But increasingly, colleges and universities have thrown open their gates and made a public turn toward school-community partnerships, bringing literacy activities to the streets and service-learning opportunities to faculty, staff, and student volunteers.
Paula M ...more
Paula M ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Boynton/Cook Publishers
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I liked it, but was disappointed with the focus on service learning at the expense of other forms of public writing. I understand and respect PM's experience with service learning, and strongly agree with her critique of institutionalized s-l programs as well as her repeated warnings about misrepresenting the community's needs and their voices. The message of the book, however -- taking the writing classes to the streets -- can be further engaged with a larger appreciation of socio-environmental ...more
Mathieu writes from her experience with the international street newspaper movement in Chicago and Boston and her post as a post-doctoral candidate at a major research institution. Her data and tactics are laced with personal anecdotes, interviews, and stories written by the homeless, which sweetens her otherwise dry institutional format. A helpful read for any one who wishes to straddle the world of academia... AND the world-at-large.