Writing in Social Spaces
A social processes approach to academic writing
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
Series: Research into Higher Education
Writing in Social Spaces addresses the problem of making time and space for writing in academic life and work. Even those who want to write, who know how to write well and who have quality publications, report that they cannot find enough time for writing. Many supervisors are unsure about how to help postgraduates improve their writing for thesis and publication. Whilst the problem does presents through concerns with ‘time’, it is also partly about writing practices, academic identities and lack of motivation.
This book provides a research-based, theorised approach to the skill of writing whilst retaining a link to writing practices and giving immediate yet sustainable solutions to the writing problem.
It supplies new theory and practice on:
Using case studies and profiles of academic writers to illustrate the theory in practice, this book is a valuable resource for academics and researchers at all stages of their career, and in all disciplines.
Introduction: Writing is Relational 1. Socializing Writing 2. Becoming a Writer 3. Becoming Rhetorical 4. Skill 5. Structure 6. Productivity 7. Disengagement 8. Containment 9. Leadership 10. Peer-formativity 11. Conclusion
Dr Rowena Murray is Professor in Humanities and Social Science at Strathclyde University, UK