Opening Spaces: Writing Technologies and Critical Research Practices

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 215 pages
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Opening Spaces: Writing Technologies and Critical Research Practices argues for a "postcritical research methodology" (a theoretical frame merging two often opposed inquiry paradigms) and applies this frame to the study of computers and writing: the book opens a space where theoretical scholarship and empirical research can interact. Sullivan and Porter view research as a set of critical and reflective practices that should be sensitive to the rhetorical situated-ness of participants and technologies and that should operate as a form of political and ethical action. The authors revisit the issue of the ethics and politics of research, but do so from the frame of postmodern rhetorical theory and feminist methodology.
 

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Contents

Introducing Critical Research Practices
1
The Complexity of Positionality in Methodology
2
Our Methodology
9
Positions and Perimeters A Hypertextual Glossary
15
Critical
16
Practices
21
Praxis
25
Rhetorical Situatedness
27
Methodological Frame Maps
90
Design Notes
96
The Politics and Ethics of Studying Writing With Computers
101
Critical Contextualization and the Configuration of Politics Ethics and Rhetoric
102
The Aims of Critical Research
109
How Politics and Ethics Surface in the Study of Computers and Writing
128
The Emergence of Research A Convergence of Personal Political Professional
143
Description of the Fabric
145

Political and Ethical Action
39
Postmodern
40
Articulating Methodology as Praxis
45
Positivist to Naturalist
49
Socialized Method to Problematized Method
54
Essentialist and Materialist
58
Moving into Critical Praxis
64
A Critical Practices Depiction of Process
67
A Negative Example From CMC Research in Organizational Communication
70
Research Reports and the Traces of Positive Examples of Critical Praxis
71
Postmodern Mapping and Methodological Interfaces
77
Postmodern Mapping
78
Research Scene Maps
81
The Home Page Project
148
Teaching ProjectsTeacher Projects
150
Gender and the Web
156
Enacting Critical Research Practices
163
Exposing Tensions in our Research Practices
164
Use Various Contrastive Tactics to Clarify These Tensions
184
Opening Critical Spaces
185
References
189
Author Index
205
Subject Index
209
About the Authors
215
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