This case-study examines the ways citizens took up, and in some ways resisted, city planners’ assumptions about their lived experience of “Portstown.” While it is necessary to acknowledge the coercive properties of institutional documents and genre-systems, community-literacy workers must not efface the epistemic potential of everyday compositions, for this quality creates opportunities for strategic interventions in the solicitation and reception of civic writing.
Dryer, Dylan B. “Composing Citizens: Epistemic Work in the Interstices of Comprehensive- Planning Genre Systems.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, 2001, pp. 25–56, doi:10.25148/clj.5.1.009424.