Norms of Academic Writing

Dr. Peter Pryce
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In the current era of information overload at the same time as students do not want to read long texts and yet purport to have the ability to grasp detailed research understanding while walking, listening to music, talking with friends, eyes mostly glued to their mobile phone screens, it is no surprise that in all Universities all over the world, you will see a students’ help office called: The Writing Center. The Writing Center helps students to master the art of writing proper scholarly papers, and write well. That is the objective of this book.
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 AUTHOR’S BIO

Dr. Peter Pryce holds a Ph.D. in Translation and Interpretation, with research interest in Translation Theory and Practice, and Sacred Text Analyses of the Bible and Qur’an. Dr. Pryce is certified and licensed in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia in School Leadership and Administration I & II.

Dr. Pryce is a Professor of French in Bowie State University in Maryland, USA. Prof Pryce is also a Bilingual Conference Interpreter and he taught Translation and Techniques of Expression in the Department of French, University of Education, Winneba, GHANA. Dr. Pryce also taught Translation and Interpreting (French and English) in the Department of Modern Languages, University of Ghana, LEGON.

Dr. Pryce often teaches on Radio and TV in the Bible and Qur’an Lecture Series drawing from his long experience as a Bible Commentary Writer, Corporate Language Instructor, Technical Writer, French Embassy award-winning Poet, Conference Speaker, Book Editor, Presidential Speech Writer, and Author with intellectual property registered with the United States Copyright Office in Washington, DC.

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Dr. Peter Pryce
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Published on
Jul 25, 2018
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Pages
110
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9789988879938
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English
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Writing is not just about conveying ‘content’ but also about the representation of self. (One of the reasons people find writing difficult is that they do not feel comfortable with the ‘me’ they are portraying in their writing. Academic writing in particular often poses a conflict of identity for students in higher education, because the ‘self’ which is inscribed in academic discourse feels alien to them.)
The main claim of this book is that writing is an act of identity in which people align themselves with socio-culturally shaped subject positions, and thereby play their part in reproducing or challenging dominant practices and discourses, and the values, beliefs and interests which they embody. The first part of the book reviews recent understandings of social identity, of the discoursal construction of identity, of literacy and identity, and of issues of identity in research on academic writing. The main part of the book is based on a collaborative research project about writing and identity with mature-age students, providing:
• a case study of one writer’s dilemmas over the presentation of self;
• a discussion of the way in which writers’ life histories shape their presentation of self in writing;
• an interview-based study of issues of ownership, and of accommodation and resistance to conventions for the presentation of self;
• linguistic analysis of the ways in which multiple, often contradictory, interests, values, beliefs and practices are inscribed in discourse conventions, which set up a range of possibilities for self-hood for writers.
The book ends with implications of the study for research on writing and identity, and for the learning and teaching of academic writing.
The book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of social identity, literacy, discourse analysis, rhetoric and composition studies, and to all those concerned to understand what is involved in academic writing in order to provide wider access to higher education.
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