Transient Literacies in Action

Composing with the Mobile Surround

by Stacey Pigg

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Drawing on qualitative fieldwork across a coffeehouse and learning commons, Transient Literacies in Action traces how 22 writers practice transient literacies with their phones and laptops while engaging in composing activities that range from seminar papers to amateur video game production. Reading across these cases, the book offers a glimpse into how composers navigate complicated atmospheres of ambient sociability, in which they integrate multiple social channels simultaneously by monitoring, participating in, and disengaging from social contact. Their movements to navigate intersecting social resources, in turn, produce new models of attention that depart from linear, hierarchical models. Based on this phenomenological insight into contemporary composing experience, the book concludes by arguing for more emphasis on embodied movements.

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Stacey Pigg is associate professor and the director of the Professional Writing Program at North Carolina State University, where she researches digital and networked writing practices that shape work, learning, and engagement. She teaches courses in rhetoric, professional communication, and digital writing and is a core faculty member in NC State's Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Ph.D. program. Her scholarship has been published in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Computers and Writing, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Written Communication. Her scholarship has received a Nell Ann Pickett award for best article in Technical Communication Quarterly, as well as a NEH Summer Stipend.

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Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $23.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64642-144-2
  • Publication Month: January
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Pages: 188
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: by Stacey Pigg
  • ECommerce Code: 978-1-64642-144-2