Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication: The Historical and Contemporary Struggle for Professional Status

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Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication, Volume I: The Historical and Contemporary Struggle for Professional Status evaluates the historical and contemporary factors that have shaped the professionalization of the discipline of technical communication in the United States. The book focuses on the development of social status for the field, development of a professional consciousness, and ways in which those in the evolving discipline have dealt and continue to deal with issues of legitimacy in both the workplace and academe.

Volume I analyzes historical antecedents and past practices in the discipline of technical communication, as well as issues of professionalization in present academic and workplace environments. The contributors include a variety of prominent academics and consultants. They evaluate the role of the service paradigm, the role of industry in shaping professional consciousness, and issues of pedagogy and status for educators preparing technical communicators for the workplace.

About the Authors:

Teresa Kynell-Hunt is a professor of English at Northern Michigan University and has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Michigan Technological University. She is currently chair of the NCTE Committee on Technical and Scientific Communication and book editor for Technical Communication Quarterly. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Reader, The Writing Instructor, and Technical Communication Quarterly. She is the author of Writing in a Milieu of Utility: The Move to Technical Communication in American Engineering Programs, 1850-1950 and (with Wendy Stone) Scenarios for Technical Communication: Critical Thinking and Writing. She edited, with Michael Moran, Three Keys to the Past: The History of Technical Communication

Gerald J. Savage has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University and is an associate professor in the English Department at Illinois State University, where he teaches technical communication and technical editing. He is co-editor with Dale L. Sullivan of Writing a Professional Life: Stories of Technical Communicators On and Off the Job. He has published articles on technical communication in Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895032461
  • Publisher: Baywood Pub Co
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Technical Communications Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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