Revolution Lullabye

February 16, 2008

Freed and Broadhead, “Discourse Communities, Sacred Texts, and Institutional Norms.”

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Freed, Richard C. and Glenn J Broadhead. “Discourse Communities, Sacred Texts, and Institutional Norms.” CCC 38.2 (May 1987): 154-165. 

The authors argue that analyzing the written materials (the sacred texts) and terminology of discourse communities is a powerful way to understand the values and the systems of those communities. It is vital that students understand how to analyze the discourse communities they are writing to and in so that they can most effectively and persuasively construct their messages. The authors advocate teaching students ethnographic methods for learning about different discourse communities and cultures. Also, instructors should employ an ethnographic perspective on their own teaching and courses to discover what assumptions exist in their pedagogy.

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