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Genre, Social Action and Social Intelligence

An important dimension that has not been investigated so far is the relatedness among genre, social action and social intelligence. The interpretation of genre in terms of social action was put forward more than 25 years ago by Carolyn Miller (Miller, 1984) and backed up by recent empirical studies on web genres (e.g. Miller and Shepherd, 2004, 2009). Lately, the social implications of the concept of genre have been stretched up to support the claim that that teaching how to master genre since the primary school  is a way of implementing democracy and social justice (Martin and Rose, 2008). I would suggest extending the social interpretation of genre even further by arguing that the recognition of social action is a sign of social intelligence. … Read entire article »

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Flogs, i.e. the subversion of the blog genre

Cornelius Puschmann, Lies at Wal-Mart, in Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein (eds) Genres in the Internet, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2009. The chapter by Cornelius Puschmann presents a novel and stimulating analysis of an emerging faux genre in a lively style. Cornelius in his “Lies at Wal-Mart” explores a very little investigated aspect in genre studies, i.e. genre subversion (also called genre mimicry). Genre subversion is the flouting of a genre prototype. A genre prototype can be defined as “an amalgam of formal, technical, stylistic and cultural aspects, which together form a recognizable conceptual category” (p. 58). But what are the constitutive features of a genre prototype and how can they be measured? What constitutes a good instantiation of a particular genre? Where does a particular genre start and end? As we all … Read entire article »

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Book Review: Academic Writing and Genre (2008)

Review of Academic Writing and Genre (available also in the LinguistList Reviews archive) Reviewer: Marina Santini Book Author: Ian Bruce Book Title: Academic Writing and Genre Subtitle: A Systematic Analysis Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd Year: 2008 SUMMARY This is a monograph consisting of 7 chapters and 5 appendices. It focuses on genre-based approaches to the teaching of academic writing. The book reviews pedagogical approaches to genre and presents a comprehensive synthesis of the current research in the field. After a thorough review, which includes also reflections on the nature of human categorization, the author, Ian Bruce, proposes an innovative model to teach academic writing through a two-layer genre-based approach, and discusses the ways in which such a model can be implemented in an academic curriculum for undergraduates and post-graduates, and native and non-speakers. The book is informative, clearly written … Read entire article »

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The Importance of Genre Competence and Awareness

Genre competence increases information understanding: genre competence is useful to fight against web crimes, such as cyberstalking or cyberbullying or cyberterrorism (e.g. see the Dark Web project) by spotting genre anomalies in the content; Genre competence helps implement democracy: some educational programs focus on teaching genre since the primary school because those who do not have genre competence become socially disadvantaged in the structure of power (see Genre Relations by Martin and Rose). … Read entire article »

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