Unsustainable : re-imagining community literacy, public writing, service-learning and the university
- Lanham : Lexington Books, 
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- x, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Cultural studies/pedagogy/activism.
LC151 .U67 2013
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- Introduction by Laurie Cella Part 1. Short-Lived Projects, Long-Lived Value Chapter 1. After Tactics, What Comes Next? by Paula Mathieu Chapter 2. Tales from the Crawl Space: Asserting Youth Agency Within an Unsustainable Education System by Paul Feigenbaum, Sharayna Douglas, and Maria Lovett Chapter 3. Strategic Speculations on the Question of Value: The Role of Community Publishing in English Studies by Stephen Parks Chapter 4. Everyone Loved It and Still It Closed: When a Writing Program Isn't a Core Mandate by Emily Isaacs and Ellen Kolba Part 2. Community Literacy, Personal Contexts Chapter 5. Sustainability Deferred: The Conflicting Logics of Career Advancement and Community Engagement by Thomas Deans Chapter 6. Hope and Despair, Risk and Struggle: (j)WPA Work, Service-Learning, and the Case for Baby Steps by Michael Donnelly Chapter 7. Mobile Sustainability: An Adjunct's Development of a Permanent Practice by Karen Johnson Part 3. Pedagogy Chapter 8. Assessing Sustainability: The Class that Went Terribly Wrong by Ellen Cushman and Lorelei Blackburn Chapter 9. The Idea of a Literacy Dula by Hannah Ashley Part 4. Toward a Transnational Sustainability Chapter 10. No More Than Fire Belongs to Prometheus: Techne, Institutions, and Interventions in Local Public Life by Elenore Long Chapter 11. Mastery, Failure, and Community Outreach as Stochastic Art: Lessons Learned with the Sudanese Diaspora in Phoenix by Jennifer Clifton Conclusion by Jessica Restaino Afterward by Eli Goldblatt.
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- Unsustainable: Re-imagining Community Literacy, Public Writing, Service-Learning, and the University, edited by Jessica Restaino and Laurie Cella, explores short-lived university/community writing projects in an effort to rethink the long-held "gold standard" of long-term sustainability in community writing work. Contributors examine their own efforts in order to provide alternate models for understanding, assessing, and enacting university/community writing projects that, for a range of reasons, fall outside of traditional practice. This collection considers what has become an increasingly unified call for praxis, where scholar-practitioners explore a specific project that fell short of theorized "best practice" sustainability in order to determine not only the nature of what remains-how and why we might find value in a community-based writing project that lacks long-term sustainability, for example-but also how or why we might rethink, redefine, and reevaluate best practice ideals in the first place. In so doing, the contributors are at once responding to what has been an increasing acknowledgment in the field that, for a variety of reasons, many community-based writing projects do not go as initially planned, and also applying-in praxis-a framework for thinking about and studying such projects. Unsustainable represents the kind of scholarly work that some of the most recognizable names in the field have been calling for over the past five years. This book affirms that unpredictability is an indispensable factor in the field, and argues that such unpredictability presents-in fact, demands-a theoretical approach that takes these practical experiences as its base.
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- edited by Jessica Restaino and Laurie JC Cella.
- Cultural studies/pedagogy/activism