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Living Room: Teaching Public Writing in a Post-Publicity Era

Nancy Welch
College Composition and Communication
Vol. 56, No. 3 (Feb., 2005), pp. 470-492
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30037875
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Abstract

At the same time that compositionists have shown a renewed interest in public writing, neoliberal social and economic policies have dramatically shrunk the spaces in which most students' voices can be heard. In this essay I argue that from twentieth-century working-class struggles in the U.S. we and our students can acquire the tools necessary to work against this latest wave of economic privatization and concomitant suppression of public voice and rights. If we can resist the common academic assertion that we live today in a radically distinct postmodern, postindustrial society, we can return to capitalism's long history for examples of the creative and persistent ways in which ordinary people have organized to claim living room.

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