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ERIC Number: EJ876009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2816
Cruel Theory? The Struggle for Prestige and Its Consequences in Academic Technical Communication
Moore, Patrick
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v38 n3 p207-240 2008
Some struggles for prestige in academic technical communication are self-defeating and wasteful because of the clash between the material (or positive-sum) economy of the workplace and the positional (or zero-sum) economy of the academy. Some professors of technical communication create disrespect for themselves and their specialties because they create degrading representations of working people and their artifacts, they promote impossible standards, and they advance discredited or misleading theories. More profitable approaches to gaining prestige for academic technical communication include recognizing that not everyone can be the top person in the positional economy, studying works on the economics of prestige, and promoting the genuinely good works that already exist in academic technical communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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