Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication: Strategies for Professional Status

Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication: Strategies for Professional Status

ISBN-10:
0895032473
ISBN-13:
9780895032478
Pub. Date:
05/28/2004
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis

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Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication: Strategies for Professional Status

Kynell-Hunt (English, Northern Michigan University) and Savage (English, Illinois State University) collect work by academics and practitioners in technical communications who seek to redefine the role of the technical communicator. Authors challenge contemporary notions on what it means to be a technical communicator and propose strategies in the arenas of curriculum, research, philosophy, and social interventions for achieving greater authority and influence in the field. An introduction provides an overview of the issues covered and a context for the analyses. The book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in technical and business communication. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780895032478
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Series: Baywood's Technical Communications Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Teresa Kynell-Hunt is a professor of English at Northern Michigan University and has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University. She is currently chair of the NCTE Committee on Technical and Scientific Communication and serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. She is the author of a variety of articles in the field and the book, Writing in a Milieu of Utility: The Move to Technical Communication in American Engineering Programs, 1850-1950. With Michael Moran (University of Georgia) she co-edited the collection, Three Keys to the Past: The History of Technical Communication. With Wendy Stone she wrote the text Scenarios for Technical Communication: Critical Thinking and Writing.

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.

Table of Contents

Dedicationv
Acknowledgmentsvii
INTRODUCTION: Creating Strategies for Status in Technical Communication1
Part I.Historical Perspectives for Present and Future Strategies
Chapter 1Technical Communication from 1850-1950: Where Have We Been?11
Chapter 2Returning to Our Roots: Gaining Power through the Culture of Engagement21
Chapter 3Points of Reference Contributing to the Professionalization of Technical Communication51
Part II.Strategies for Contemporary Practice
Chapter 4Shaping the Future of Our Profession75
Chapter 5Reconfiguring the Professor-Practitioner Relationship87
Chapter 6(Deeply) Sustainable Programs, Sustainable Cultures, Sustainable Selves: Essaying Growth in Technical Communication101
Part III.Strategies for Alternative Futures
Chapter 7Toward a Definition of Best Practices in Policy Discourse123
Chapter 8Critical Interpretive Research in Technical Communication: Issues of Power and Legitimacy143
Chapter 9Tricksters, Fools, and Sophists: Technical Communication as Postmodern Rhetoric167
Chapter 10Technical Communication in the 21st Century: Where Are We Going?195
Contributors205
Index209

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The authors collect work by academics and practitioners in technical communications who seek to redefine the role of the technical communicator. Authors challenge contemporary notions on what it means to be a technical communicator and propose strategies in the arenas of curriculum, research, philosophy, and social interventions for achieving greater authority and influence in the field. An introduction provides an overview of the issues covered and a context for the analyses. The book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in technical and business communication. (Jane Erskine, Editor, Book News Inc.)

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