Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Theoretical Communities of Praxis: The university writing center as cultural contact zone
by Monty, Randall William, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso, 2013, 234; 3565925
Abstract (Summary)

The fundamental purpose of Theoretical Communities of Praxis: The University Writing Center as Cultural Contact Zone is to investigate the situatedness of Writing Center Studies, defining it as an autonomous (sub)discipline and interdisciplinary contact zone within the larger discipline of Rhetoric and Composition. In order to meet this objective, a “Communities of Praxis” methodological and theoretical framework, based on scholarship of Critical Discourse Analysis, ecocomposition, and Contextualist Research Paradigm, is applied in the analysis of a variety of WCS discourses.

In doing so, WCS is repositioned as a series of interrelated, triangulated contact zones that are based on collaborative interactions and illustrated through the development of heuristic maps that challenges the traditional discursive practices of local writing centers and the WCS (sub)discipline alike. By emphasizing a (sub)disciplinary identification based on embracing WCS’s place as an interdisciplinary contact zone, this dissertation demonstrates ways for all stakeholders to employ a Communities of Praxis framework in order to more effectively and more equitably consider the theoretical places and physical spaces of Writing Center Studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mangelsdorf, Kate
Commitee: Avant-Mier, Roberto, Brunk-Chavez, Beth
School: The University of Texas at El Paso
Department: English Rhetoric & Composition
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Rhetoric, Higher education
Keywords: Communities of praxis, Composition, Cultural contact zone, Disciplinarity, Situatedness, Writing center
Publication Number: 3565925
ISBN: 9781303164934
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