Enculturation is the process of teaching an individual the norms and values of a culture through unconscious repetition. The totality of actions within a culture establishes a context that sets the conditions for what is possible within the society. Learning in this context becomes a life-long process developed through rhetoric in the form of speech, texts, images, and gestures that reaffirm the technological, economic, political, social, ideological, and philosophical bases of the culture. This is a critical concept for anyone working in the areas of rhetoric, culture, and education. The process of enculturation sets both possibilities and limits, so educators cannot automatically assume the contexts they create are unproblematically positive. Rhetoricians and teachers also cannot ignore the unconscious, habitual elements of their texts and classrooms. And with the movement of culture online, an entirely new context for enculturation is being developed.
enculturation is a refereed journal devoted to contemporary theories of rhetoric, writing, and culture. We accept academic work in all media forms suitable for web-based publication, including conventional articles, videos, and multimedia projects. Submitted articles and projects are blind-reviewed and considered for publication on the understanding that they are not under consideration elsewhere. Traditional articles should be approximately 6,000-8,000 words long and reviews should be approximately 1,000-2,000 words. We also welcome submissions to our Responses section, which invites projects and essays that take up events, controversies, topics, themes, terms, and ideas. Responses are scholarly works that are theoretically informed but publicly accessible for wide audiences in a wide variety of media.
enculturation invites submissions and discussions on these issues in this time of intense cultural change. The nature of knowledge production is changing and the academic journal needs to preserve what is important about its traditional practices as well as move into a new technological era. We attempt to keep the traditional feel and usability of the print journal with issues, tables of contents, and articles while also allowing for faster publication of content. We operate on rolling submissions. Submissions will be reviewed as they are submitted and posted as soon as they are accepted for publication. New articles and reviews will be published in our "Recent Items" section and, once we accumulate enough items, all the new articles, reviews, and responses will be assigned to the next issue. Enculturation also publishes special themed issues as well as guest-edited special issues that focus on timely topics.
enculturation is hosted by the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center, and it is also generously supported by both the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas Digital Writing and Research Lab.