Constructing Knowledges: The Politics of Theory-Building and by Sidney I. Dobrin

By Sidney I. Dobrin

During this thought-provoking and gracefully written new ebook, Sidney Dobrin examines present debates over the relative worth of theoretical and functional knowledges, either within the academy more often than not and within the self-discipline of rhetoric and composition. He explores arguments approximately even if theorizing is a suitable mode of scholarly inquiry for a box that's essentially knowledgeable via functional wisdom, even if theory-building typically speaks to neighborhood matters, and even if the construction of idea in composition results in scholarship that's extra obfuscating than illuminating. eventually, Dobrin argues that theoretical research can be an crucial kind of knowledge-making in composition and that thought and perform needs to unavoidably tell each other.

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