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In this volume, methodological, cultural, technological, and political boundaries felt by writers are analyzed, translated, and challenged in a way that will appeal to researchers, theorists, graduate students, instructors, and managerial audiences. Instead of extracting rules from previous research, the contributors, working from multidisciplinary perspectives, describe and analyze the social and technological contexts surrounding nonacademic writing. Their essays present a formative rather than summative outlook toward future research on nonacademic writing.
Collectively, these chapters articulate a unique perspective toward nonacademic writing that considers:
• The centrality of emerging communications technologies in nonacademic writing research and the need for a socio-technological perspective. New technologies reshape the concept of text and significantly impact the writing process and written products in nonacademic settings.
• The relationship between the academy and the workplace. A number of chapters challenge us — sometimes from opposing perspectives — to scrutinize our role as writing educators in preparing students for the workplace. Should we support the interests of corporate employers, or should we resist those interests? Should we enculturate students in workplace writing practices by placing them in these environments, or should we examine the tacit knowledge gained by workplace professionals and deliver this via classroom instruction?
• New theory, new research agendas. Contributors from diverse fields offer new theoretical lenses or use established lenses in innovative ways, expanding the agenda for nonacademic writing research.
This volume represents the vision the social landscape demands for research and pedagogy in nonacademic writing.
|About the Contributors|
|List of Reviewers|
|1||Setting a Sociotechnological Agenda in Nonacademic Writing||1|
|2||The Transformation of Critical Ethnography Into Pedagogy, or the Vicissitudes of Traveling Theory||17|
|3||Nonacademic Writing Into the 21st Century: Achieving and Sustaining Relevance in Research and Curricula||35|
|4||The Computer Culture, Gender, and Nonacademic Writing: An Interdisciplinary Critique||57|
|5||Image, Text, and Power in Architectural Design and Workplace Writing||81|
|6||"Some People Weren't Able to Contribute Anything but Their Technical Knowledge": The Anatomy of a Dysfunctional Team||123|
|7||Writing Well as a Form of Social Knowledge||157|
|8||Social Theories, Workplace Writing, and Collaboration: Implications and Directions for Research||173|
|9||Understanding Institutional Discourse in the U.S. Congress, Present and Past||205|
|10||Participatory Writing: Literacy for Civic Purposes||227|
|11||Issues in Hypertext-Supported Collaborative Writing||257|
|12||Technology Enhanced Nonacademic Writing: A Social and Cognitive Transformation||281|
|13||Contextualizing Technology and Communication in a Corporate Setting||305|
|14||Writing as Democratic Social Action in a Technological World: Politicizing and Inhabiting Virtual Landscapes||325|