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.
Researched over a period of 15 years by an author who has personally participated in the debate internationally, Audio-Visual Coverage of Courts, first published in 2008, was the first book to undertake a comprehensive comparative study of televised court proceedings in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Daniel Stepniak teaches law at the University of Western Australia.
These three hardcover books comprise Judy Freeman's acclaimed Books Kids Will Sit Still For series. They recommend and describe thousands of exemplary children's books for grades Pre-K to 6, serving as an indispensable source of innovative and inspirational ideas for reading aloud, booktalking, book discussion, readers theatre, creative drama, storytelling, poetry, writing, library skills, and other literature-based teaching across the curriculum.
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