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Identity A Reader for Writers



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Identity: A Reader for Writers focuses on the essential topic of identity as it relates to culture, rhetoric, and the multiple modes of expression that are increasingly common in today's multilingual society. Each chapter in this reader asks students foundational questions about identity. These questions include: Where are you from? Where did you go to school? What do you do for work? And whom do you love? While these questions appear easy to answer, students will learn as they work through the readings that their answers are linked to meaningful themes including language, nationality, labor, education, personal relationships, and privacy.

Developed for the freshman composition course, Identity: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in discussions about critical literacy, cultural studies, and the writing process.

Identity: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

Author Biography

John Scenters-Zapico is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies and Director of the University Writing Center at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Table of Contents

1. What's in a Name? The Role of Language and Identity
Keith Dorwick, "Getting Called Fag." Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
Lillian Comas-Diaz, "Hispanics, Latinos, or Americanos: The Evolution of Identity." Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Daoud Kuttab , "We Are Palestinians." NY Times _
N. Scott Momaday, "The Names: A Memoir."
Jill Filipovic,"Why should married women change their names? Let men change theirs." The Guardian
Amy Tan,"Mother Tongue."The Threepenny Review
Dennis Baron, "Who Owns Global English." Baron's blog "The Web of Language."
2. Where Are You From? Notions of Identity and Place
Baratunde Thurston,"How to Be Black" NPR
Allen Ginsberg, "America." Poem from Howl
Pat Buchanan, "Deconstructing America."
Herbert E. Meyer, "Why Americans Hate this "Immigration" Debate." American Thinker
Dinaw Mengestu,"Home at Last." Edited collection from Brooklyn Was Mine
Guy Merchant, "Unravelling the Social Network: Theory and Research."
Jhumpa Lahari,"Rhode Island."State by State
3. Where Did You Go to School? Education in America
Taylor Garcia,"Could Have Done Better."Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
Mike Rose, "I Just Want to Be Average."
Patrick T. Terenzini and Ernest T. Pascarella,"Living With Myths: Undergraduate Education in America."Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
"Education Pays: Education Pays in Higher Earnings and Lower Unemployment."
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (Chart) Brown v. Board of Education
Malcolm X, "Learning to Read."
Victor Villanueva, "Spic in English!"Bootstraps
Richard Rodriguez, "Achievement of Desire."
Cathy Davidson,"Project Classroom Makeover."Now You See It
4. What Do You Do? Work in America
"Work, In Six Words."NPR
Jeffery Zaslow, "The Most Praised Generation Goes to Work."Wall Street Journal
Lee Rainie,"Digital Natives Invade the Workplace."Pew Internet & American Life Project
Anthony De Palma,"Fifteen Years on the Bottom Rung."NY Times
Stephen Cruz.Studs Terkel
Stephen Marche,"We Are Not All Created Equal: The Truth About the American Class System."Esquire
Jacquelyn Smith, "The Happiest And Unhappiest Jobs In America."Forbes
Devon W. Carbado and Miti Gulati,"Working Identity."Acting White: Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America
5. Whom Do You Love? Romance and Relationships in America
Robert Feldman,"Finding The 'Liar' In All Of Us."NPR
Teresa DiFalco,"Internet Cheating: In the Clicks of a Mouse, a Betrayal." NY Times
Deborah Tannen,"Sex, Lies, and Conversation."Washington Post
Plato,"Phaedrus" (Selected excerpts)
Wallace Shawn,"Is Sex Interesting?"Harper's Magazine
Michelle Chen, "Farewell, June Cleaver: "Non-Traditional Families" and Economic Opportunity."In These Times
Elizabeth Bernstein,"Sibling Rivalry Grows Up."Wall Street Journal
Kirun Kapur,"Anthem."AGNI Online
6. Where Do You Draw the Line? Privacy, Socializing, and
Life Without Boundaries
"Don't Trip Over Your Digital Footprint." NPR
Sherry Turkle,"How Computers Change the Way We Think."Chronicle of Higher Education
Peggy Orenstein, "The Way We Live Now: I Tweet Therefore I am."NY Times
Rachel Dewoskin,"East Meets Tweet."Vanity Fair
Hanni Fakhoury, Kurt Opsahl, and Rainy Reitman,"When Will our Email Betray Us? An Email Privacy Primer in Light of the Petraeus Saga."Electronic Frontier Foundation
Dan Fletcher, "How Facebook is Redefining Privacy"Time
Alan Norton, "10 Reasons Why I Avoid Social Networking Services." TechRepublic

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