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Reimagining popular notions of American intellectualism : literacy, education, and class / Kelly Susan Bradbury.

Bradbury, Kelly, author. (Author).
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Hagerstown Jefferson Township Public Library - Hagerstown 001.2000 BRAD (Text) 39213000780738 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780809334889 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780809334896 (e-book)
  • Physical Description: x, 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Carbondale, Illinois : Southern Illinois University Press, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Calls of Crisis and Decline in U.S. Literacy and Learning : Understanding Popular Notions of Intellectualism -- Intellectualism and the "Diffusion of Useful Knowledge" : The Nineteenth-Century American Lyceum -- Intellectualism and Education for a Practical Purpose : The Twentieth-Century Labor College -- Intellectualism and Basic Literacy Education : Twenty-First-Century GED Writing Workshops-- Making Connections : The Theory and Practice of Intellectualism in the United States -- Into the Classroom : Pedagogical Approaches to the Rhetoric of Intellectualism and Anti-intellectualism.
Summary, etc.: "The image of the lazy, media-obsessed American, preoccupied with vanity and consumerism, permeates popular culture and fuels critiques of American education. In Reimagining Popular Notions of American Intellectualism, Kelly Susan Bradbury challenges this image by examining and reimagining widespread conceptions of American intellectualism that assume intellectual activity is situated solely in elite institutions of higher education. Bradbury begins by tracing the origins and evolution of the narrow views of intellectualism that are common in the United States today. Then, applying a more inclusive and egalitarian definition of intellectualism, she examines the literacy and learning practices of three non-elite sites of adult public education in the U.S.: the nineteenth-century lyceum, a twentieth-century labor college, and a twenty-first-century GED writing workshop. Bradbury argues that together these three case studies teach us much about literacy, learning, and intellectualism in the United States over time and place. She concludes the book with a reflection on her own efforts to aid students in recognizing and resisting the rhetoric of anti-intellectualism that surrounds them and that influences their attitudes and actions. Drawing on case studies as well as Bradbury's own experiences with students, Reimagining Popular Notions of American Intellectualism demonstrates that Americans have engaged and do engage in the process and exercise of intellectual inquiry, contrary to what many people believe. Addressing a topic often overlooked by rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies scholars, it offers methods for helping students reimagine what it means to be intellectual in the twenty-first century. "-- Provided by publisher.
"This book calls us to rethink what it means to practice intellectualism in the twenty-first century. It surveys the evolution of contemporary limited notions of intellectualism and then reexamines the literacy and learning practices of three nonelite sites of adult public education in light of a more inclusive definition of intellectualism"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Learning and scholarship > United States > History.
Learning and scholarship > Social aspects > United States.
Adult education > United States > History.
Literacy > United States > History.
Education > Social aspects > United States.
United States > Intellectual life.

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