Academic Communities/Disciplinary Conventions

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For writing courses with a writing-in-the-disciplines approach.Each chapter is organized around a shared content topic, then divided into Science, Social Science and Humanities sections, and then two specific disciplinary units-each of which addresses the chapter's topic from the discipline's perspective. This topical organization enables composition courses to maintain a high level of internal coherence as students learn how different disciplines approach related, rather than disparate, issues. When students read writing from different disciplines addressing related topics, they are better able to see discipline-specific epistemological and rhetorical conventions-and how the two are related. Each unit includes two-to-three readings, critical thinking and writing apparatus for each reading, critical reading and class discussion questions, directed freewrite questions, and four-to-five essay assignments, which span a range of difficulty and are appropriate for assignment sequencing.
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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 725.76g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130401692
  • 9780130401694

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ACADEMIC COMMUNITIES/DISCIPLINARY CONVENTIONS is a reader that revolutionizes writing across the curriculum texts by arranging readings around topics rather than disciplines. Each of the text's chapters is organized around a shared topic, such as Gender and Sexuality or Capital Economies, then divided into Science, Social Science, and Humanities section that address the chapter's topic from the discipline's perspective. Additionally, the text contains an array of assignments--all with clear contexts set up for the students.

With over 55 readings, the text represents a wide variety of disciplines, and offers more cutting-edge topics including ethnic studies, evolutionary psychology, and social ecology.

Among its features are:

Readings that range from journalistic essays featured in popular periodicals to scientific reports and other pieces written for academics and specialists. Apparatus accompanying the readings which include critical reading, class discussion, and directed freewrite questions. An introduction that outlines a model writing process, and introduces students to important issues of purpose and audience. An MLA/APA documentation section.
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Table of contents

I. INTRODUCTION. II. IDENTITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS. Thinking and Writing in the Social Sciences.1. Social Psychology-The Individual Self.Charles Horton Colley, Primary Groups. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self. Kenneth Gergen, The Dissolution of the Self.2. Religious Studies-Religion and Moral Identity.Lisa Conyers & Philip D. Harvey, Religion and Crime: Do They Go Together? Glenn Tinder, Can We Be Good without God? On the Political Meaning of Christianity.Thinking and Writing in the Sciences.1. Neuroscience: Identity-A Function of the Brain, or Something More?Robert M. Hazen, The Great Unknown. David J. Chalmers, The Puzzle of Conscious Experience. Francis Crick and Christof Koch, Why Neuroscience May Be Able to Explain Consciousness. 2. Computer Science: Can Computers Think?The Economist, In the Machine: Artificial Consciousness Clive Davidson, I Process Therefore I Am. Mark Dery, Terminators: the Robots That Rodney Brooks and Hans Moravec Imagine Will Succeed Humans, Not Serve Them.Thinking and Writing in the Humanities.1. Philosophy-Thinking Machines, Take Two.Robert Wright, Can Machines Think? Maybe So, as Deep Blue's Chess Prowess Suggests. Robert Killheffer, Daniel C. Dennett, Materialist Philosopher. Daniel C. Dennett, Cog as a Thought Experiment.2. Art History-Frida Kahlo and Artistic Identity.Martha Zamora, Excerpts from Frida Kahlo: The Brush of Anguish. Sara M. Lowe, The Self-Portraits.III. GENDER AND SEXUALITY. Thinking and Writing in the Humanities.1. Film Studies-Real Wild Women/Wile Real Men.Jack Boozer, Seduction and Betrayal in the Heartland: `Thelma and Louise.' James R. Keller, Masculinity and Marginality in `Rob Roy' and 'Braveheart.'2. Lesbian and Gay Studies-Hidden Histories.John D'Emilio, Capitalism and Gay Identity.1. Communications-He Said/She Said.Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation. Candace West & Don H. Zimmerman, Women's Place in Everyday Talk: Reflections on Parent-Child Interaction.2. Evolutionary Psychology-Love, Homo Sapien Style.David Buss, Chapter 1 from The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating. Robert Wright, Our Cheating Hearts.Thinking and Writing in the Sciences.1. Biochemistry-What's Chemistry Got to Do with It?Shannon Brownlee, Can't Do without Love: What Science Says about Those Tender Feelings. Helen E. Fisher, After All, Maybe it's...Biology.2. Zoology-Animal Anomalies.Liz McMillen, Gender-Bending Hyenas: Berkeley Project Studies the Animals' Unusual Physiological Make-Up. Jason D. Woodward & Michael T. Murphy, Sex Roles, Parental Experience and Reproductive Success of Eastern Kingbirds, Tyrannus Tyrannus. Jeffrey Kluger, The Gay Side of Nature.IV. CAPITAL ECONOMIES. Thinking and Writing in the Humanities.1. Literary Studies-The Book and the Buck.E. Ray Canterbery, Thorstein Veblen and The Great Gatsby. Michael Petracca, The Unluckiest Consumer in the World.2. Popular Music Studies-Corporations and Creativity.Mark Crispin Miller, Who Controls the Music? George Lipsitz, World Cities and World Beat: Low-Wage Labor and Transnational Culture.Thinking and Writing in the Social Sciences.1. History-Financial Influences Past and Present.James Twitchell, Two Cheers for Materialism. Joseph Spillane, The Making of an Underground Market: Drug Selling in Chicago, 1900-1940.2. Ethnic Studies-"I Have a(n American) Dream."John Maggs, The Economics of Being Hispanic.Thinking and Writing in the Sciences.1. Computer Science-Brave New Economic World.James Aley, Wall Street's King Quant: David Shaw's Secret Formulas Pile Up Money. Josh McHugh, Politics for the Really Cool.2. Mathematics-Finance by the Numbers.Don M. Chance and Pamela P. Peterson, The New Science of Finance. Arthur C. Mead, Algebra and Social Security: A Perfect Fit.V. THE ENVIRONMENT. Thinking and Writing in the Sciences.1. Environmental Science-The Global Hothouse.Wallace S. Broeker, Global Warming on Trial. Helen Caldicott, The Greenhouse Effect.2. Engineering-Cleaning Up Our Mess.Julie Miller, How Safe Is Your Tap Water? Anthony J. Tarquin et al, Polymer Cost and Performance Evaluation.Thinking and Writing in the Social Sciences.1. Social Ecology-A Planet for the People.Aldo Leopold, Toward a Land Ethic. Alan Thein Durning, Long on Things, Short on Time.2. Political Science/Political Economy-Politics, Money, and the Environment.Francis Cairncross, Government and the Economics of the Environment. Navroz Dubash, Donna Dogood/Joe Holistic Dialogue.Thinking and Writing in the Humanities.1. Cultural Studies-Green Theory.William Rueckert, An Experiment in Exocriticism. Michael Petracca, Cornyphones and Cardboard Flamingos: A Green Consumer Reads His Breakfast.2. Literary Studies-Natural High.Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord. Walt Whitman, Song at Sunset. Christopher Clausen, Whitman, Hopkins, and the World's Splendor.Appendix: MLA, APA, and CBE Documentation Styles.Index.
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