Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice


Read Ann Johns, “Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice: Membership, Conflict, and Diversity” Writing about Writing pp. 319-342. Please discuss the following in your response: What are some of the complications Johns outlines and discusses related to joining a discourse community? You should discuss and explain concepts such as: Cost of Affiliation, Issues of Authority, Anti-conventionalism, and Conflict Have you ever felt that learning to write or speak in a new discourse community conflicted with your sens of self, your values, and your beliefs? Give some personal examples of a challenge you had joining a discourse community. Be specific in your personal example, and if can’t think of challenges, then talk about how you joined a discourse community without conflict and why you think it went that way. Your reading response should be in MLA format, and 3 pages long.

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