Positioned by Reading and Writing: Literacy Practices, Roles, and Genres in Common Occupations
2009 (English)In: Written Communication, ISSN 0741-0883, E-ISSN 1552-8472, Vol. 26, no 1, 53-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In the research project Literacy Practices in Working Life, the role played by reading and writing in common nonacademic occupations in Sweden was investigated. The results highlight not only some typical ways of using writing to frame units of work but also differences reflecting the main focus of work ("people" or "things") and overall organizing principles. This article deals with patterns in the use of writing, which may be related to modern ways of organizing work (efficiency and flexibility, personal responsibility, identification with the company, etc.). Case studies show a range of literacy practices-running from extensive and rather complicated uses of writing connected with individual responsibility to very restricted and dependent uses of reading and writing governed by a top-down organization. Examples illustrate how emerging ways of governing work through written discourse, related to the new, knowledge-based work order, create very different roles for workers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 26, no 1, 53-76 p.
literacy practice, literacy event, new economy, genre, workplace writing, writing at work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-172943DOI: 10.1177/0741088308327445OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-172943DiVA: diva2:516019