A Sociological Study of Scholarly Writing and Publishing: How Academics Produce and Share Their Research

Author: Clarke, Dawne
Year:2011
Pages:148
ISBN:0-7734-3717-7
978-0-7734-3717-3
Price:139.95
This book uses the methodology of institutional ethnography to explore the new territory of
academic writing as a social process, a process embedded in the culture and practices of
contemporary corporate universities.

Reviews

“Clarke's book is a powerful indictment
of contemporary corporate academic culture.”
-Prof. Sylvia Hale, St. Thomas University

“. . . both sociologically relevant and well grounded in the literature. It is especially timely given the recent challenges facing most institutions of higher learning. . . . this work makes a significant contribution to the literature and should be required reading for academics and administrators alike.”
Prof. Alison Dunwoody,University of Alberta, Edmonton

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction
Academic Culture
Academic Exiles
Academic Publishing
Johns Hopkins University Press
Meeting the Publishing Imperative
Tensions between expectations and reality
Publishers: capitalist interests and academic success
Gatekeepers: the power of inclusion and exclusion
Journal Review
Revise and Resubmit
Punishment and Rewards
Writing

Chapter 2
Methodology

Getting Started
Symbolic Interactionism
Ethical Issues: Internal Confidentiality
Analysis of Data and Sensitizing Concepts

Chapter 3
Social Context

Funding and the Emergent Research Culture
Changing the Status Quo
Students-as-Consumers

Chapter 4
Institutional Context

Becoming Academics: Flexibility
Departments
Teaching and Research: Conflictual or Complimentary?

Chapter 5
Individual Context

Time
“Tyranny of the Immediate”
“Academic Player”
“Academic Players” and “Crocks”
Differential Rewards

Chapter 6
Scholarly Writing

Beginning Slowly
“Who am I writing for?”: exploring audience
Students may be consumers, but they make a great audience!
Risk and Rejection
“Seeing my name in print”

Chapter 7
Conclusion

Epilogue
Bibliography
Index