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Posthuman Praxis in Technical Communication

1st Edition

Edited by Kristen R. Moore, Daniel P. Richards


294 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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This collection, aimed at scholars, teachers, and practitioners in technical communication, focuses on the praxis-based connections between technical communication and theoretical movements that have emerged in the past several decades, namely new materialism and posthumanism. It provides a much needed link between contemporary theoretical discussions about new materialisms and posthumanism and the practical, everyday work of technical communicators. The collection insists that where some theoretical perspectives fall flat for practitioners, posthumanism and new materialisms have the potential to enable more effective and comprehensive practices, methodologies, and pedagogies.


"Moore and Richards’ collection ably brings together theories of posthumanism and praxis, offering readers ways to understand—in practical, clear language, case studies, and pedagogical examples—how the field’s turn to granting agency to non-human things impacts not just our ways of understanding the world but our ways of being in the world as teachers and scholars."Stephanie Vie, University of Central Florida

Table of Contents


(Carl G. Herndl)


(Kristen R. Moore and Daniel P. Richards)

Part I: Shifting Politics and Histories

1. Storytelling as a Balancing Practice in the Study of Posthuman Praxis

(Emily Legg & Patricia Sullivan)

2. Secret/Agent

(Julie Staggers and Michele Simmons)

3. Other-Oriented Rhetoric as Posthuman Witnessing of Wangari Maathai’s Arboreal Networks

(Andrew Mara)

4. Factors to Actors: Implications of Posthumanism for Social Justice Work

(Emma J. Rose and Rebecca Walton)

Part II: Shifting Methodologies

5. Can Objects be Moral Agents? Posthuman Praxis in Public Transportation

(Meredith A. Johnson and Nathan R. Johnson)

6. Writing Down the Machine: Enacting Latourian Ethnography to Trace How a Supercomputer Circulates the Halls of Washington, DC as a Report

(Sarah Read)

7. Nonhuman Agency and Constitutive Intertwining in Military Accident Reports

(Victoria Sadler

8. User Experience in a Networked Environment: How Latour Can Help Us Do Better UX Work

(Guiseppe Getto, Nathan A. Franklin, Sheryl M. Ruszkiewicz, and Jack T. Labriola

Part III: Shifting Workspaces

9. The Role of Metis in Revising Automotive Recall Letters

(Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder)

10. Objects of O2: A Posthuman Analysis of Differentiated Language Use in a Cross-Disciplinary Research Partnership

Mark A. Hannah)

11. Beyond Hearts and Minds: Posthumanism, Kairos, and Technical Communication in US Army Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency

(Jason Barrett-Fox and Geoffrey Clegg)

12. Investigating the Workplaces of Science

(Deborah C. Andrews)

About the Editors

Kristen R. Moore is Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Texas Tech University, USA. Her research interests include institutional rhetoric and change, technical communication, public participation and engagement, and critical methodologies. Her scholarship has been published in the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and a variety of edited collections.

Daniel P. Richards is Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Writing at Old Dominion University, USA. His research interests include risk communication, writing pedagogy, and American pragmatism. He has published in Composition Forum, Intercom, Communication Design Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, and has chapters in several edited collections.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Culture

This series promotes innovative, interdisciplinary research in the theory and practice of technical communication, broadly conceived as including business, scientific, and health communication. Technical communication has an extensive impact on our world and our lives, yet the venues for long-format research in the field are few. This series serves as an outlet for scholars engaged with the theoretical, practical, rhetorical, and cultural implications of this burgeoning field. The editors welcome proposals for book-length studies and edited collections involving qualitative and quantitative research and theoretical inquiry into technical communication and associated fields and topics, including user-centered design; information design; intercultural communication; risk communication; new media; social media; visual communication and rhetoric; disability/accessibility issues; communication ethics; health communication; applied rhetoric; and the history and current practice of technical, business, and scientific communication.

The series is proud to congratulate Ehren Pflugfelder on winning the 2018 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication for the book Communicating Technology and Mobility: A Material Rhetoric for Persuasive Transportation!

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing