Writing Ourselves Mass-Observation and Literacy Practices

ISBN-10: 1572732784

ISBN-13: 9781572732780

Edition: 2000

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The authors of this book analyze the Mass-Observation Project as a way of understanding the nature of writing and the social conditions within which people write, the social purposes they use writing for, and how writing fits in with their life histories, all of which define writing itself. The authors are also interested in how writing is implicated in power relations, and how it is used to establish identities and to transform social situations and relationships. The Mass-Observation Project is a unique institutional context for writing. From the beginning, in Britain, the project involved ordinary people observing and writing about life and collecting those writings for future use by researchers, the media, students and the public in general.
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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

Brian V. Street is Professor of Language in Education in the School of Education at King's College, London University and Visiting Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He undertook anthropological fieldwork in Iran during the 1970s, and has since worked in the USA, Britain, and S. Africa.Nancy H. Hornberger is Professor of Education and Director of Educational Linguistics at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.

Series Preface
About the Authors
Introduction: Literacy Theory and Mass-Observationp. 1
An Historical Context of Mass-Observation
Mass Observation from 1937 to 1981p. 21
The Historical Origins: Social and Political Contextsp. 21
The Recruitment of the Panel of Volunteersp. 32
The Years Between 1950 and 1980p. 38
The Rehabilitation of Mass-Observationp. 39
Mass-Observation Revived: Writing Britainp. 43
The Re-Launchp. 43
Publicity and Funds, 1981-85p. 47
After the Hiatus, From 1986p. 51
How People Join Mass-Observation: Advertising and Recruitmentp. 52
Becoming a Mass-Observerp. 60
The Directivesp. 64
Organisation and Classification of Datap. 70
Changes and Developmentsp. 71
Connections with Other Projectsp. 73
The Contemporary Mass-Observation Project and the Original Mass-Observationp. 73
Mass-Observation and Anthropologyp. 79
British Anthropology in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 80
Mass-Observation as Anthropology at Homep. 82
Malinowski and Mass-Observationp. 85
Firth and Mass-Observationp. 88
Limitations of the Anthropologists' Critiquesp. 93
Pocock and Mass-Observationp. 95
Contemporary Anthropology: The Reflexive Turnp. 103
Mass-Observation as Case Studiesp. 106
Mass-Observation as Literacy Practicesp. 108
Dialogues and Writing Practices
Framing the Dialogues: Literary Practicesp. 119
Reading Mass-Observation and the Nature of Knowledgep. 121
Gathering, Analysing and Writing Up the Datap. 127
Constructing the Dialoguesp. 132
Final Comments on Constructing Dialoguesp. 134
Dialogues About Literacy Practices and the Mass-Observation Projectp. 137
Ordinary People Writing
The Uses of Writingp. 213
Power, Personhood and Crossingsp. 237
Writing Ourselves and Writing Britainp. 281
Bibliographyp. 293
Bibliography of Original Mass-Observation Booksp. 305
Recent Anthologies and Edited Materialp. 307
Mass-Observation Occasional Papers Seriesp. 309
About the Mass-Observation Archivep. 313
Lists of Topics Covered in Directives Since 1981p. 315
Sample Directivesp. 319
Introductory Information for New Recruitsp. 331
Pseudonyms and Numbers of Correspondents Citedp. 335
The Spring Directive 1991p. 337
Interview Guidance Sheetp. 343
Author Indexp. 347
Subject Indexp. 351
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