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ERIC Number: ED419243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 10
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Institutional Critique: Interrogating Composition Textbook Publishing.
Miles, Libby
This paper reviews composition textbook publishing. It is not enough simply to examine textbooks themselves, rather a methodology of institutional critique demands an examination of the institutions that create and perpetuate instructional materials. It is now more important than ever to examine not only the textbooks themselves, and not only the individual textbook companies, but also the surrounding institutions that enable and disable particular practices. There is strong theoretical support for interrogating institutions that support and feed off one another. Michel Foucault in "Discipline and Punish" talks about the inter-connectedness of institutions or "carceral network." Ways of identifying and selecting appropriate neighboring institutions include: (1) following the money trail; (2) physical locations, including the spaces where authors draft their manuscripts, back to the bookstore and into the classroom; (3) locating the material manifestations of the industry surrounding textbook publishing; and (4) the less tangible institutions such as "higher education,""the government," and "the media." Selection criteria for institutional change include: (1) the neighboring institution must have visible links to the textbook industry; (2) those visible links with textbook publishing must interact with textbooks in a way that can be mapped; (3) the impact of the neighboring institution must be such that its values and assumptions challenge traditional textbook publishing in some way; and (4) the challenges presented to traditional textbook publishing must contain some space for resistance and/or transformation. (Contains 12 references; prompts and a list of selection steps are appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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