Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences [NOOK Book]

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In Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Susan Peck MacDonald tackles important and often controversial contemporary questions regarding the rhetoric of inquiry, the social construction of knowledge, and the professionalization of the academy. MacDonald argues that the academy has devoted more effort to analyzing theory and method than to analyzing its own texts. Professional texts need further attention because they not only create but are also shaped by the knowledge that is ...

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Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Overview

In Professional Academic Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Susan Peck MacDonald tackles important and often controversial contemporary questions regarding the rhetoric of inquiry, the social construction of knowledge, and the professionalization of the academy. MacDonald argues that the academy has devoted more effort to analyzing theory and method than to analyzing its own texts. Professional texts need further attention because they not only create but are also shaped by the knowledge that is special to each discipline. Her assumption is that knowledge-making is the distinctive activity of the academy at the professional level; for that reason, it is important to examine differences in the ways the professional texts of subdisciplinary communities focus on and consolidate knowledge within their fields.

Throughout the book, MacDonald stresses her conviction that academics need to do a better job of explaining their text-making axioms, clarifying their expectations of students at all levels, and monitoring their own professional practices. MacDonald’s proposals for both textual and sentence-level analysis will help academic professionals better understand how they might improve communication within their professional communities and with their students.

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Using innovative methods of textual analysis and drawing on rhetoric, the philosophy of science, and linguistics, MacDonald examines the various ways professional writing reveals and constructs disciplinary knowledge, illuminating not only the social and professional uses of academic language and jargon, but also the differences in methodology, values, and ethos between the humanities and the social sciences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809385997
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,380,462
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Peck MacDonald has taught literature, writing, and technical writing at universities in Connecticut, Illinois, and California. Her publications have been on literature, writing in the disciplines, and variations within academic writing.



 

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 Patterns in Disciplinary Variation 21
3 Attachment Research: Compact Problem Definition in a Conceptually Driven Field 53
4 Colonial New England Social History: The Problematics of Contemporary History Writing 74
5 Renaissance New Historicism: Epistemic and Nonepistemic Textual Patterns 109
6 Sentence-Level Differences in Disciplinary Knowledge Making 147
7 Professional Styles and Their Consequences 170
Appendix: The Sample 201
Notes 203
References 215
Index 233
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