Imagining the Cosmopolitan in Public and Professional Writing by Anne SurmaImagining the Cosmopolitan in Public and Professional Writing by Anne Surma

Imagining the Cosmopolitan in Public and Professional Writing

byAnne Surma

Hardcover | November 20, 2012

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In a context of globalization, developing approaches to writing that take account of the differences between local and global contexts, between centre and periphery, between us and them is a real and pressing challenge. A critical cosmopolitan approach to developing and evaluating texts provides writers with an innovative strategy for reflecting on and negotiating our responsibilities to and relationships with others—colleagues, citizens, clients and communities—as those are established through various writing activities. This approach, motivated by an ethics of care, enables us to navigate our ways towards positive social change.In this important book, Surma develops a critical cosmopolitan orientation to public and professional writing. Combining threads from ethical, political, communications, sociological, feminist and discourse theories, she examines the influences and impacts of writing in a range of contexts—government, corporate, community and organizational. Case study examples illustrate the ways in which writing may be mobilised to strengthen our connections with others, and to reflect on how writing practices entrench or transform our positions as both citizens of the world and members of situated communities.

ANNE SURMA is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Murdoch University, Australia. Anne has also worked in private industry as an editor and writer and, more recently, as a workshop facilitator and consultant, advising on communication strategy and practice. Her research interests include public communic...
Title:Imagining the Cosmopolitan in Public and Professional WritingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pagesPublished:November 20, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023022993X

ISBN - 13:9780230229938


Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction: A Cosmopolitan Orientation
Conceptualising the Cosmopolitan Approach to Writing
Writing in the network
Sentencing: Reflecting on Words and Worlds
Rewriting Organisational Change
The Multinational Corporation - Writing Cosmopolitan Responsibility?
Conclusion: Reimagining the Cosmopolitan

Editorial Reviews

"Surma's first book was groundbreaking, but this one exceeds even my highest expectations for a sequel. She deftly weaves critical cosmopolitanism into the warp and woof of writing on a theoretically-sound loom. The results include an ethics of care with immediate contemporary relevance conveyed in a crafted prose that is a joy to explore. In line with her plea that 'it is more urgent than ever for writers in the non-fiction domain to draw on some of the insights and approaches of their fiction-writing colleagues', she convincingly shows, with considerable style, how any more equitable cosmopolitan world order will not only be a new word order, but an imaginative re-ordering of words and worlds. This outstanding book simultaneously opens pathways to fairer futures and provides a theoretical frame for transforming the practice and study of writing and rhetoric." - David McKie, The University of Waikato, New Zealand