A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

About Enculturation

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, gestures, and practices 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, and invites submissions on rhetoric, composition, media, technology, and education. We acknowledge that 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 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 by operating on rolling submissions. Submissions will be reviewed as they are submitted and posted as soon as they are accepted for publication and processed through copyediting and production. New publications will be posted in our "Recent Items" section and, once we accumulate enough items, all will be assigned to the next issue. We also accept academic work in all media forms suitable for web-based publication, including conventional articles, videos, and multimedia projects.

enculturation publishes scholarly articles, reviews, and responses. Scholarly articles and projects are blind peer-reviewed and considered for publication on the understanding that they are not under consideration elsewhere. Reviews should take up works that have made significant contributions to the field of rhetoric, writing, and culture, which can include traditional books, essays, or alternative digital projects. Reviews can take the form of traditional texts or experimental multimedia. The review editor welcomes queries on possible projects to review as well as discussions on potential design ideas. enculturation also invites responses that take up contemporary events, controversies, topics, themes, terms, and ideas and respond to them through short essays or media projects. These works are theoretically informed but publicly accessible for wider audiences, and are edited by the Responses section editor.

In addition to articles, reviews, and responses, enculturation publishes special themed and guest-edited issues as well as essays that are longer than journal articles but shorter than monographs. Special issues can be devoted to timely topics, important figures, and particular subject areas, as well as engage in intersectional approaches to disability, gender, sexuality, class, race, among others. While we welcome traditionally written essays, we encourage guest-editors to consider the richness and affordances of multimedia (webtexts, videos, or podcasts). Similarly, our special section Intermezzo invites writers to consider a variety of topics from within and without academia, and to be creative in their use of the liminal space between the article and the monograph. Authors are encouraged to experiment with form, style, content, and medium in order to break down the barrier between the scholarly and the creative.

For inquires, please email section editors:

General inquiries: byron [dot] hawk [at] gmail [dot] com

Article submissions: gries [dot] enculturation [at] gmail [dot] com

Reviews: digital [dot] trisha [at] gmail [dot] com

Responses and Special Issues: donnie [dot] sackey [at] wayne [dot] edu

Intermezzo: j [dot] rice [at] uky [dot] edu

enculturation began in 1996 at the University of Texas at Arlington with Byron Hawk and David Rieder as founding co-editors. During the early days of the internet, there were very few academic journals online and the freedom to start a journal was very much of the times. The journal grew along with the web. As a two-person team, Byron and David produced six issues, and after David stepped down as co-editor in 2003, Byron continued to produce issues as a boutique journal published at George Mason University. In 2008 the editorial team began to grow. Jim Brown came on as managing editor and brought new energy to the journal. In 2011 Casey Boyle came on as book review editor and quickly moved up to managing editor along with Jim. Their efforts expanded the journal’s scope and solidified its consistent publication. Today the journal is generously supported by the University of South Carolina and sports its largest editorial staff to date.

enculturation (ISSN: 1525-3120)