Nonacademic Writing: Social Theory and Technology

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writing too often reproduced that cultural and political colonialism. The situation in the case of professional and technical writing is radically different in this respect. In studying powerful nonacademic discourse, writing research "studies up" rather than down a cultural hierarchy of power. As Wells ( 1986) observed, technical and professional writing has readily accepted its subordination to industry (p. 247). In many ways, it is the discourse of writing research and pedagogy that is colonized by nonacademic power rather than the reverse. It is in the context of this political configuration that we must rethink both our practice and the ethnographic critique.


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