Genre and Institutions: Social Processes in the Workplace and School (Continuum Studies in Language and Education) (Paperback)

Genre and Institutions: Social Processes in the Workplace and School (Continuum Studies in Language and Education) By Francis Christie (Editor), J. R. Martin (Editor) Cover Image

Genre and Institutions: Social Processes in the Workplace and School (Continuum Studies in Language and Education) (Paperback)

By Francis Christie (Editor), J. R. Martin (Editor)

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This book examines genres as instances of social processes, enacting a range of important institutional practices, hence also shaping people's subjectivities. Genres represent purposive and staged ways of building means in a culture. The book's particular claim to originality is that, using systemic functional grammar, it demonstrates how given genres build or enact social practice, how educational setting provide contexts in which some apprenticeship into such genres occurs, and how theorizing about such matters helps build a theory of social action, revealing how powerful is the systemic functional analysis in addressing questions concerning the social construction of reality. The discussion is built around extensive analysis of instances of texts collected in a number of worksites and school settings. While most are instances of written genres, some are spoken, most notably the chapter that is devoted to the discussion of the spoken classroom texts in which the teaching and learning of the written genres take place.
Frances Christie is Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Melbourne, Australiaand Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. J. R. Martin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780826478696
ISBN-10: 0826478697
Publisher: Continnuum-3PL
Publication Date: November 17th, 2005
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Continuum Studies in Language and Education