Integrating multidisciplinary perspectives on the relation of rhetoric, science, technology and public policy-making to the process and product of technical communication, this textbook reformulates the issues raised by science and technology studies (STS) within the context of technical communication.
The first part of the book provides a summary, critique and alternative to recent theoretical perspectives developed in the rhetoric of science and the sociology of scientific knowledge. Part Two applies these critical alternatives to the traditional practices of scientific and technical communication. The final part demonstrates how these new practices can be applied to the communication vital in forming national and local science and technology policy.
PART ONE: THE RHETORICScientific and Technical Communication in ContextReading Scientific and Technical TextsWriting Scientific and Technical TextsUnderstanding AudiencesLanguage, Persuasion, and ArgumentParticipation and PolicyPART TWO: THE READERPutting People Back into the Business of Science - Steve Fuller Constituting a National Forum for Setting the Research AgendaTextual Technologies - Geoff Cooper New Literary Forms and ReflexivityScience and Communication - William Keith Beyond Form and ContentMigrating across Disciplinary Boundaries - Dale L Sullivan The Case of David Raup's and John Sepkoski's Periodicity PapersChallenging High-Tech War - Sujatha Raman Surgical Strike or Collateral Damage?Restructuring Demand for Scientific Expertise - Sheila Tobias, Daryl Chubin and Kevin Aylesworth