Opening Spaces

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Opening Spaces: Writing Technologies and Critical Research Practices argues for a "postcritical research methodology" (a theoretical frame merging two often opposed inquiry paradigms) and applies this frame to the study of computers and writing: the book opens a space where theoretical scholarship and empirical research can interact. Sullivan and Porter view research as a set of critical and reflective practices that should be sensitive to the rhetorical situated-ness of participants and technologies and that should operate as a form of political and ethical action. The authors revisit the issue of the ethics and politics of research, but do so from the frame of postmodern rhetorical theory and feminist methodology.
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Table of Contents

1 Introducing Critical Research Practices 1
The Complexity of Positionality in Methodology 2
Our Methodology 9
2 Positions and Perimeters: A Hypertextual Glossary 15
Critical 16
Practices 21
Praxis 25
Rhetorical Situatedness 27
Political and Ethical Action 39
Postmodern 40
3 Articulating Methodology as Praxis 45
Traditionalist Depictions of Process: Positivist to Naturalist 49
Socialized Method to Problematized Method 54
Feminist Depictions of Process: Essentialist and Materialist 58
Problematizing Methods: Moving Into Critical Praxis 64
A Critical Practices Depiction of Process 67
A Negative Example From CMC Research in Organizational Communication 70
Research Reports and the Traces of Positive Examples of Critical Praxis 71
4 Postmodern Mapping and Methodological Interfaces 77
Methodology: Postmodern Mapping 78
Research Scene Maps 81
Methodological Frame Maps 90
Design Notes 96
5 The Politics and Ethics of Studying Writing With Computers 101
Critical Contextualization and the Configuration of Politics, Ethics, and Rhetoric 102
The Aims of Critical Research 109
How Politics and Ethics Surface in the Study of Computers and Writing 128
6 The Emergence of Research: A Convergence of Personal, Political, Professional 143
Description of the Fabric 145
The Home Page Project 148
Teaching Projects/Teacher Projects 150
Gender and the Web 156
Disciplinary Politics and Community Building 156
7 Enacting Critical Research Practices 163
Exposing Tensions in our Research Practices 164
Summary: Use Various Contrastive Tactics to Clarify These Tensions 184
Conclusion: Opening Critical Spaces 185
References 189
Author Index 205
Subject Index 209
About the Authors 215
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