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ERIC Number: EJ857992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0010-096X
The Writing Center Paradox: Talk about Legitimacy and the Problem of Institutional Change
Carter, Shannon
College Composition and Communication, v61 n1 pW133-152 Sep 2009
Scholarship on writing centers often relies on validation systems that reconcile tensions between equality and plurality by privileging one over the other. According to feminist political theorist Chantal Mouffe, neither absolute equality nor absolute plurality are possible in any democratic system, a conflict she calls "the democratic paradox" and insists is the essence of a "well-functioning democracy" that supports pluralistic goals. The following article argues that a similar logic shapes writing center work and, therefore, any attempt to promote change must likewise embrace the democratic paradox as it manifests itself in the writing center: "the writing center paradox."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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