Nonacademic Writing: Social Theory and Technology

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Preface
The idea for this edited collection grew out of discussions we had while collaborating on other projects. One of us had just returned to composition after 8 years of middle management in industry. One of us was an active scholar in technical communication. We discussed the differences in perspective between these two fields toward nonacademic writing. We discussed nonacademic writing as an activity located in a dynamic social and political environment, and we discussed the rapid changes in communication technology that are profoundly changing nonacademic writing.Our discussions led to questions that we posed to nationally recognized scholars from a variety of disciplines:
1. How do we translate research into pedagogy?

That is, how do we prepare professionals for writing in nonacademic settings?

What is the relationship between research and pedagogy?

Are we learning from research what we need to know to enhance pedagogy?

2. What nonacademic settings should we be studying?

That is, what do we really get from looking at these alternative sites?

Why do we choose the sites that we do?

How do we really understand these sites?

3. How are emerging technologies reconfiguring nonacademic writing?

That is, how do we get researchers and learners to ask significant

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