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Writing Studies: A Definition by Charles Bazerman Courtesy of David Beard

Definition of Writing Studies

Bazerman defines "writing studies" as composed of three kinds of investigation:

  1. the "historical picture of writing practices, genres, systems of circulation, and related institutions and social systems,"
  2. a "theoretical" project "to re-vision rhetoric from the perspective of writing and placed within some of the major strains of twentieth century social theory and social science"
  3. a practical examination of "writers' socialization into communal activities, the forms of engagement, positioning, and goals within those communal endeavors, and their emergent identities, commitments, and accomplishments as literate social beings'"

Theoretical, historical, applied. Three strands of research, perhaps typical of any discipline, for "the study of writing--its production, its circulation, its uses, its role in the development of individuals and societies, and its learning by individuals, social collectives, and historical cultures."

via Professor David Beard.