1st Edition

Embodied Environmental Risk in Technical Communication
Problems and Solutions Toward Social Sustainability

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ISBN 9781032155494
March 4, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This timely and accessible edited collection explores how technical communicators meet the challenges of enacting effective risk and crisis communication policies to address local and global environmental problems. Through a series of practical studies, this collection calls for improved technical and environmental communication for the public through an embodied, situated understanding of risk. The chapters highlight the cycle of content creation, dissemination, public response and decision making, while considering issues of accessibility, pedagogy, and social justice. This volume also offers a diverse look at methodological practices for students, researchers, and practitioners looking to address embodied aspects of crisis and risk both locally and globally that incorporate UX, storytelling, and dynamic text. This collection provides accessible readings for use in undergraduate or graduate courses in technical communication, risk assessment and communication, and environmental communication, and will also be of interest to scholars in these areas.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Huiling Ding

Chapter 1: Introduction, Mary Le Rouge and Samuel Stinson

PART I: Representations of the Human Body

Chapter 2: Toward an Audience-Centered Approach: Rhetorical Analysis of University Crisis Communication Emails

Courtney Cox & Erika Sparby

Chapter 3: Embodied Risk Communication in the COVID-19 Pandemic Environment

Bolanle Olaniran & Joseph Williams

Chapter 4: Judging the Unprecedented: Common Sense and Risk During COVID-19

Scott Weedon

Chapter 5: College Freshmen Challenging Embodied Environmental Risks

Uma Krishnan

PART II: Representations of the Earth’s Body

Chapter 6: The Ohio River: Re-imagining Water Risk Through Embodied Deliberation

Barbara George & Heather Manzo

Chapter 7: Private Groundwater Contamination and Integrated Risk Communication

Simon Mooney, Sarah Lavallee, Jean O’Dwyer, Anna Majury, & Paul Hynds

Chapter 8: Public Responses to a Proposed Wind Farm and their Application to Technical Communication Methods

Mary Le Rouge

Chapter 9: Evaluating Ecological Perceptions and Approaches in the Fourth National Climate Assessment Report

Diane Martinez

PART III: Representations of Human and Earth Together

Chapter 10: Reconciling Gestures: Overcoming Obstacles to Transcultural Risk Communication in South African Coal Mines

Beverly A. Sauer

Chapter 11: Reanimating Risks: Forest Giants and Their Role in Technical Communication

Cooper Day & Christopher Scheidler

Chapter 12: Technical Writing as Embodiment: iFixit

Elizabeth Baddour

Chapter 13: Changing Places: Understanding Climate Change Risk Communication and Comprehension through Socially Constructed Features of Place

Zachary Garrett

Chapter 14: An Antiracist Rhetoric of Embodied Risk

Samuel Stinson

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Samuel Stinson is Assistant Professor of English with Minot State University where he also serves as the director of the Northern Plains Writing Project and coordinator of the English concentration in the M.Ed. program. He also serves as a list manager for the WritingStudies-L listserv and currently co-coordinates the Writing about Writing special interest group with the Conference on College Composition and Communication. His research interests are in professional writing, multimodality, game studies, and pedagogy. His current research focuses on writing transfer and online platforms.

Mary Le Rouge is Director of Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also volunteers as Associate Publisher for Monographs, Collections, and Conference Proceedings at the WAC Clearinghouse, an open-source publisher for the field of writing studies. She is an active member of the Conference on College Composition & Communication and its Environmental Special Interest Group, among other organizations. Her research lies at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences, looking for ways to improve communication between experts, policymakers, and the public.