Writing in Social Spaces

A social processes approach to academic writing

By Rowena Murray

© 2015 – Routledge

160 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Writing in Social Spaces addresses the problem of making time and space for writing in academic life and work of the professionals and practitioners who do academic writing'. Even those who want to write, who know how to write well and who have quality publications, report that they cannot find enough time for writing. Many supervisors are unsure about how to help postgraduates improve their writing for thesis and publication. Whilst the problem does presents through concerns with ‘time’, it is also partly about writing practices, academic identities and lack of motivation.

This book provides a research-based, theorised approach to the skill of writing whilst retaining a link to writing practices and giving immediate yet sustainable solutions to the writing problem.

It supplies new theory and practice on:

    • socializing writing-in-progress and writing with others
    • exploring the alternation of conscious and unconscious, internal and external processes in academic writing whilst in a social grouping
    • Applying social processes in the writing process

Using case studies and vignettes of writing in social spaces to illustrate the theory in practice, This bookis a valuable resource for academics, scholars, professionals and practitioners, as well as researchers at all stages of their career, and in all disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making writing relational 1 Socializing writing 2 Becoming a writer 3 Becoming rhetorical 4 Skill 5 Structure 6 Productivity 7 Disengagement 8 Containment 9 Leadership 10 A framework for social writing Conclusion: Concept + experience

About the Author

Rowena Murray is Professor in Education, University of the West of Scotland, UK.

About the Series

Research into Higher Education

Co-published with the Society for Research into Higher Education

This exciting new series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda, from strategic policy formulation and impact to pragmatic advice on best practice in the field.

For more information, or to express an interest in writing for the series, please contact Natasha Ellis-Knight at Natasha.Ellis-Knight@Informa.com.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU015000
EDUCATION / Higher
EDU046000
EDUCATION / Professional Development