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Title: Letter Writing As a Social Practice
Edited By: David Barton
Nigel Hall

This book explores the social significance of letter writing. Letter writing is one of the most pervasive literate activities in human societies, crossing formal and informal contexts. Letters are a common text type, appearing in a wide variety of forms in most domains of life. More broadly, the importance of letter writing can be seen in that the phenomenon has been widespread historically, being one of earliest forms of writing, and a wide range of contemporary genres have their roots in letters. The writing of a letter is embedded in a particular social situation, and like all other types of literacy objects and events, the activity gains its meaning and significance from being situated in cultural beliefs, values, and practices. This book brings together anthropologists, historians, educators and other social scientists, providing a range of case studies that explore aspects of the socially situated nature of letter writing.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 155619207X
ISBN-13: 9781556192074
Prices: U.S. $ 142
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1556192088
ISBN-13: 9781556192081
Prices: U.S. $ 48.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027218021
ISBN-13: N/A
Prices: NLG 140.00