Week 6: February 16, 2023


Study design: theory
Practice: positionality

Read for Class:

theory sort of

  • from Powell, K., & Takayoshi, P. (Eds.). (2012). Practicing research in writing studies: Reflexive and ethically responsible research. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. Chapter 5 (read this one)
  • Scott, J. B., & Gouge, C. (2019). Theory in the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine. In A. Aldren, K. Gerdes, J. Holiday, & R. Skinnell (Eds.), Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley (pp. 181-195). University press of Colorado and Utah State University Press. (skim this one)


  • Liboiron, M. (2021). Pollution is colonialism. Duke University Press. skim the footnotes only.
  • (SKIM) Sanchez, J.C. (2021). Salt of the earth: Rhetoric, preservation and white supremacy. SWR, NCTE. Intro
  • (SKIM) Sybing, R. (2022). Dead Reckoning: A Framework for Analyzing Positionality Statements in Ethnographic Research Reporting. Written Communication, 39(4), 757-789. https://doi.org/10.1177/07410883221114152 
  • excerpt from the politics and ethics of representation
Do for class:
  • think through based on our discussion of methodologies and paradigms what you think the role of theory is in research; be prepared to talk about this, particularly in light of one of your articles/book chapters you are using for your literature review assignment.
  • begin to draft your own positionality statement. This is something for You and will not be shared (unless you want to specifically talk about yours). Then consider how your draft works with or against the materials I asked you to read. 

In class:

  • discussion of the role of theory in research
  • positionally of the researcher 
    • how does the impact the research practice and method
  • what do I know? how do I know it? 

Note: we are forgoing doing the differentiate assignment. So there is nothing officially due this week.