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From Black Codes to Recodification

Removing the Veil from Regulatory Writing, 1st Edition

By Miriam F. Williams

Routledge

168 pages

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER I. Introduction: Race, Regulations, and Trust

Traditional Styles of Regulatory Writing

Contemporary Arguments for Plain English Regulations

Organization of Book

CHAPTER II. Case Study I—Texas Black Codes of 1866: Identifying Discourse Markers of Trust

Identifying Discourse Markers of Trust

Discourse Analysis of Texas Black Codes

Findings of Discourse Analysis

CHAPTER III. Texas Laws and Tacit Laws: Redefining Black Labor from "The Nadir" to Civil Rights

Redefining Apprenticeship and Contract Labor

Rationale for Contemporary Studies

CHAPTER IV. Case Study II—Texas Agencies: The Challenge of Evoking Trust

Contextual Inquiry Meeting at State Agency

Artifacts Collected during Contextual Inquiry Study

Process Meeting with Group of Policy Writers

Analysis of Regulatory Writing Tasks

CHAPTER V. Case Study III—Contemporary Black Business Owners: Legalese, Plain English, or Both?

The Focus Group in Context

CHAPTER VI. An Invention Heuristic for Regulatory Writing

Implications of Contextual Inquiry and Focus Group Studies

What Information Do New Policy Writers Need to Know?

What Style Meets the Needs of the Government Agency and the Public?

A Rulemaking Heuristic to Evoke Trust in Distrustful Audiences

Considerations for the Future of Regulatory Writing

APPENDICES

Appendix I: Texas Black Codes in Legalese and Plain English

Appendix II: Rhetorical Analysis of Texas Black Codes in Legalese and Plain English

Appendix III: Contextual Inquiry Transcript

Appendix IV: The Focus Group Meeting

REFERENCES

INDEX

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health