ERIC Number: ED376477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Not Including Us: Discourse Communities and the Interference of Leadership.
An illustrative story of a graduate student serves to show that as the literate discourse community lives out the tension between those who initiate shared power and those who maintain traditional standards, discourse communities can include or exclude others by using the power of leadership. Discourse communities act through professional meetings, scholarly journals, and the normal actions of departmental life. Three classifications of power work together to discipline members within a community: showing sufficient resources to discourage challenges to those resources; changing flexible social fields into hardened, objectified structures; and acting out culturally defined social roles to perpetuate subordination. Any member of a discourse community can be made subordinate by these disciplinary means used by leaders of a community. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition (13th, University Park, PA, July 13-16, 1994).