Spurious Coin: A History of Science, Management, and Technical Writing

Spurious Coin: A History of Science, Management, and Technical Writing

by Bernadette Longo



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791445556
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Series: SUNY series, Studies in Scientific and Technical Communication Series
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bernadette Longo is Assistant Professor of English at Clemson University.

Table of Contents


Introduction—Transforming Language into Science

What Is Science? What Is Technology?
Minting the Coin of Scientific Knowledge

Chapter 1—How Credit for Scientific Knowledge Is Appraised

Who Gets Credit?
What Research Does Not See
Looking at Technical Writing Through a Cultural Study Frame
Putting Technical Writing Practices in Cultural Contexts
Issues in Technical Writing Raised Through Cultural Study

Chapter 2—Technical Writing as the Lingua Franca in a Golden Age of Engineering

What Kind of Knowledge Gets Deposited in Textbooks?
The Utility of Experiential Knowledge
The Development of Public Science
Reforming Scholasticism

Chapter 3—The Rise of Experiential Knowledge and Technical Education

John Locke, Language, Property Rights, and Coinage
Defending Science and Technical Education

Chapter 4—Contributing to a General Fund of Scientific Knowledge

Knowledge in Textbooks
Technical Writing Practices in Power and Knowledge Systems

Chapter 5—Engineering Specialized Social Organizations

Engineering as an Application of Pure Scientific Knowledge
Designing Systematic Administration for Canals and Railroads
Engineers Become Managers in Complex Social Organizations
Engineering Management Systems

Chapter 6—Technical Writing as Management System Control

Natural and Military Efficiency
New Communication Technologies Support Systematized Management
Technical Writing Textbook Codifies Systematized Management

Chapter 7—Technical Writers Mint Counterfeit Scientific Knowledge: Strained Relations between Technical Writers and Engineers

Office Management Becomes a Specialized Field
The Practicality of Engineering in Tension with the Enjoyment of Literature
Technical Writing Moves from Engineering to English
English Embraces Science

Chapter 8—Whose Knowledge Is Powerful?

Toward a Humanistic Technical Writing




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