Over the last two decades, reading groups have become increasingly popular in the UK and the USA. More and more people seem to be interested in sharing their reading experiences and hearing other readers discuss their views on books, whether this is online, through the mass media, or in face-to-face contexts.
In light of this explosion in popularity of reading groups, this ethnographic study focuses on several reading groups based across a variety of settings: public libraries, public houses and in readers' homes. A range of methods are used to investigate the practices of the individual readers and the groups, including participant observation, interviews, and audio-recordings of meetings.
Reading groups are found to be highly ritualized and potentially competitive places in which matters of identity and taste are often at stake. The groups studied are conceptualized as communities of practice, and the literary interpretations and evaluations offered within each group are shown to be a product of shared norms established by this group.
This introduction to audiology text emphasizes the technical and scientific aspects of audiology, blended with other essential humanistic skills-active listening, empathy, client/family-centered protocols and collaboration with family members and other professionals. This book helps students develop the skills needed to address the needs of clients as human beings and as individuals who have communication disorders. The authors specifically address importance of audiology knowledge for the scope of practice in both speech-language pathology and audiology. This text is written to be a resource for the student of audiology, speech-language pathology and other allied health professions long after the course is completed. Written by two audiologists with more than 20 years of combined teaching experience, information in the text is presented in very clear, understandable language and is organized based on first-hand knowledge of formats that will be most useful to students. Because the authors also have nearly 40 years of combined clinical experience, the text is full of illustrative examples to further reinforce concepts introduced. New to this Edition:
Framed around the concept of culture, CULTURE COUNTS, 4th Edition, uses ethnographic storytelling to draw students into the material and teach valuable critical-thinking skills. The text focuses on how culture directs and explains people's behavior, thereby helping students understand the world today as well as how humans can solve problems and effect positive change. Using an authoritative yet conversational voice, the authors emphasize contemporary issues, the impact of globalization, gender issues, equalities and inequalities, cross-cultural comparisons, and American culture. These topics are important to both the study of anthropology and understanding of the world around you.
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