1st Edition

Academic Writing in a Global Context The Politics and Practices of Publishing in English

By Theresa Lillis, Mary Jane Curry Copyright 2010
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Academic Writing in a Global Context addresses the issue of the pressure on academics worldwide to produce their work in English in scholarly publishing, and why the growth of the use of academic English matters.

    Drawing on an eight year ‘text-ethnographic’ study of the experiences of fifty scholars working in Europe, this book discusses these questions at both a macro and micro level – through discussions of knowledge evaluation systems on all levels, and analysis of the progress of a text towards publication. In addition to this, case studies of individual scholars in their local institutions and countries are used to illustrate experiences of using English in the academic world.

    Academic Writing in a Global Context examines the impact of the growing dominance of English on academic writing for publication globally. The authors explore the ways in which the global status attributed to English is impacting on the lives and practices of multilingual scholars working in contexts where English is not the official language of communication and throws into relief the politics surrounding academic publishing.

    This book will be of interest to postgraduates and professionals in the fields of World Englishes, language and globalization and English Language Teaching.


    Theresa Lillis is a senior lecturer in language and communication in the Centre for Language and Communications at The Open University, UK.

    Mary Jane Curry is Assistant Professor of Foreign Language/TESOL Education at the Warner Graduate School of Education at University of Rochester, New York, and founding director of the Warner School’s Writing Support Services. They are both well known and respected by academics in the fields of Academic Literacy, English for Academic Purposes and New Literacy Studies. Their work is also known by practitioners, including teachers, journal editors and editors/translators. They have collaborated on research projects and joint publications. They would build on this successful collaboration, including their familiarity with current policy and publishing debates in both US and UK contexts in writing this book.

    "This book takes the exploration of academic writing and publishing in new directions, not least in the array of methodological and theoretical constructs developed in the book. Through their research Lillis and Curry have provided rich perspectives into the ways texts are shaped, who is involved in this process and where this happens."

    Suresh Canagarajah, Pennsylvania State University, USA

    '...this book provides a fascinating glimpse below the water line of academic writing, bringing into focus the powerful currents operating beneath the surface of the published journal article.' - Journal of Second Language Writing

    'Academic Writing in a Global Context represents a ground-breaking approach to analysing the politics and practices of academic writing for publication.  The book makes an invaluable contribution to the fields of applied linguistics, teaching and researching writing in general and academic literacies in particular, and teaching English as a second and foreign language.  It will no doubt be of interest to researchers an teachers in these fields and become part of the lists of highly recommended readings in postgraduate programmes in these areas.' - Journal of English for Academic Purposes

    '... persuasive, exhaustively detailed, and lucid.' - World Englishes

    '[A] formidable work... This book is a must-read for all who are engaged in preparing students and scholars in non-Anglophone contexts for academic writing and publication for the global research community.' - LINGUIST List

    'Academic Writing in a Global Context is a thorough exploration of the consequences of the dominance of English in academic publishing. It offers a good insight into the different aspects of academic text and knowledge production and how these are influenced by the current publishing practices. All in all, this volume is highly recommendable for researchers and teachers whose interests lie in language and globalization and academic writing.' - Špela Mežek, Ibérica