Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies

Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies

by J. Blake Scott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791467767

ISBN-13: 9780791467763

Pub. Date: 06/01/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The first sourcebook for rethinking technical communication theory, practice, pedagogy, and research through a cultural studies lens.

The first book to focus on the intersection of cultural studies and technical communication, Critical Power Tools draws on various traditions of cultural studies to develop new or expanded theoretical, methodological, and

Overview

The first sourcebook for rethinking technical communication theory, practice, pedagogy, and research through a cultural studies lens.

The first book to focus on the intersection of cultural studies and technical communication, Critical Power Tools draws on various traditions of cultural studies to develop new or expanded theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to technical communication. Offered as a sourcebook for the field, the book is organized into three parts. The first section, emphasizing theory building, reconceptualizes key concepts or practices, such as usability, through a cultural studies lens. The second section illustrates alternative research methods through several case studies. The third section offers critical and productive pedagogical approaches, including specific assignments, applicable to both undergraduate and graduate courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791467763
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Series:
SUNY series, Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Alan Nadel

Introduction: Why Cultural Studies? Expanding Technical Communication’s Critical Toolbox
J. Blake Scott, Bernadette Longo, and Katherine Wills

THEORY

1. The Technical Communicator as Author: Meaning, Power, Authority
Jennifer Daryl Slack, David James Miller, and Jeffrey Doak

2. Extreme Usability and Technical Communication
Bradley Dilger

3. The Phantom Machine: The Invisible Ideology of Email (A Cultural Critique)
Myra G. Moses and Steven B. Katz

RESEARCH

4. An Approach for Applying Cultural Studies Theory to Technical Writing Research
Bernadette Longo

5. The Rhetorical Work of Institutions
Elizabeth C. Britt

6. The Study of Writing in the Social Factory: Methodology and Rhetorical Agency
Jeffrey T. Grabill

7. Living Documents: Liability versus the Need to Archive, or, Why (Sometimes) History Should Be Expunged
Beverly Sauer

PEDAGOGY

8. Writing Workplace Cultures—Technically Speaking
Jim Henry

9. Rhetoric as Productive Technology: Cultural Studies in/as Technical Communication Methodology
Michael J. Salvo

10. Extending Service-Learning’s Critical Reflection and Action: Contributions of Cultural Studies
J. Blake Scott

11. Designing Students: Teaching Technical Writing with Cultural Studies Approaches
Katherine V. Wills

Afterword
Diana George

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