Opening Spaces

Opening Spaces

by Patricia Sullivan, James Porter
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567503081
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/25/1997
Series:
New Directions in Computers and Composition Studies
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1Introducing Critical Research Practices1
The Complexity of Positionality in Methodology2
Our Methodology9
2Positions and Perimeters: A Hypertextual Glossary15
Critical16
Practices21
Praxis25
Rhetorical Situatedness27
Political and Ethical Action39
Postmodern40
3Articulating Methodology as Praxis45
Traditionalist Depictions of Process: Positivist to Naturalist49
Socialized Method to Problematized Method54
Feminist Depictions of Process: Essentialist and Materialist58
Problematizing Methods: Moving Into Critical Praxis64
A Critical Practices Depiction of Process67
A Negative Example From CMC Research in Organizational Communication70
Research Reports and the Traces of Positive Examples of Critical Praxis71
4Postmodern Mapping and Methodological Interfaces77
Methodology: Postmodern Mapping78
Research Scene Maps81
Methodological Frame Maps90
Design Notes96
5The Politics and Ethics of Studying Writing With Computers101
Critical Contextualization and the Configuration of Politics, Ethics, and Rhetoric102
The Aims of Critical Research109
How Politics and Ethics Surface in the Study of Computers and Writing128
6The Emergence of Research: A Convergence of Personal, Political, Professional143
Description of the Fabric145
The Home Page Project148
Teaching Projects/Teacher Projects150
Gender and the Web156
Disciplinary Politics and Community Building156
7Enacting Critical Research Practices163
Exposing Tensions in our Research Practices164
Summary: Use Various Contrastive Tactics to Clarify These Tensions184
Conclusion: Opening Critical Spaces185
References189
Author Index205
Subject Index209
About the Authors215

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