Bringing together prominent scholars from a variety of disciplines, "Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations" offers readers an engaging set of essays on the complicated relationship between discourse and the many institutions within which people act. Each author brings a unique theoretical perspective to conceptualizing how discourse is regulated and how it regulates when human activity is organized for such purposes as work or belonging to a profession. Together, the contributors to this collection offer a provocatively complex picture of what regulation means and the means of regulation.
Part I: Understanding Regulative Processes, Practices, and Effects
Using Texts to Manage Continuity and Change in an Activity System Dorothy Winsor
Regularized Practices: Genres, Improvisation, and Identity Formation in Health-Care Professions Catherine F. Schryer, Lorelei Lingard, and Marlee Spafford
Who Killed Rex? Tracing a Message Through Three Kinds of Networks Clay Spinuzzi
The PowerPoint Presentation and Its Corollaries: How Genres Shape Communicative Action in Organizations JoAnne Yates and Wanda Orlikowski
Reason and Rationalization: Modes of Argumentation among Health-Care Professionals Martin Ruef
Writing and Relationship in Academic Culture Kenneth J. Gergen
Part II: Regulation and the Possibilities of Action: Agency, Empowerment, and Power
Shifting Agency: Agency, Kairos, and the Possibilities of Social Action Carl G. Herndl and Adela C. Licona
Rhetoric of Empowerment: Genre, Activity, and the Distribution of Capital David Clark
Power as Interactional Accomplishment: An Ethnomethodological Perspective on the Regulation of Communicative Practice in Organizations Barbara Schneider
Part III: Critical Research Perspectives
Discourse and Regulation: Critical Text Analysis in Workplace Studies Brenton Faber
The Antenarrative Turn in Narrative Studies David M. Boje
Hearing Discourse Robert P. Gephart, Jr.