Argument as Dialogue Across Difference: Engaging Youth in Public Literacies

Argument as Dialogue Across Difference: Engaging Youth in Public Literacies

by Jennifer Clifton


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In the spirit of models of argument starting with inquiry, this book starts with a question: What might it mean to teach argument in ways that open up spaces for change-changes of mind, changes of practice and policy, changes in ways of talking and relating? The author explores teaching argument in ways that take into account the complexities and pluralities young people face as they attempt to enact local and global citizenship with others who may reasonably disagree. The focus is foremost on social action-the hard, hopeful work of finding productive ways forward in contexts where people need to work together across difference to get something worthwhile done.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138665934
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jennifer Clifton is Assistant Professor, Department of English (Rhetoric and Writing Studies), The University of Texas at El Paso, USA.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Provisional Knowing and the Need for Argument

Chapter 2: Dynamic and Distributed Argument: Youth and Contemporary Public Life

Chapter 3: Constructing Shared Concerns and Alternative Practices of Argument in Public Life

Chapter 4: Argument as Dialogue Across Difference: The Praxis of Public Life

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