Document Type

Post-Print

Publication Date

3-11-2019

Subjects

Rhetoric -- Theory etc., Written communication, Actor-network theory, Writing -- Pedagogy, Technical writing

Abstract

This article theorizes the term infrastructure as a framework for articulating how writing products, activities, and processes underwrite organizational life in technical organizations. While this term has appeared broadly in writing studies scholarship, it has not been systematically theorized there as it has been in other fields such as economics, computing, and information science. This article argues for a four-part framework that incorporates and builds on Star and Ruhleder’s relational theory of infrastructure. Fieldwork from a federally funded supercomputing center for scientific research operationalizes the theory for its contributions to writing studies scholarship and its applications for industry and writing pedagogy.

Description

Copyright The Author(s) 2019

This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 2019. DOI: 10.1177/1050651919834980

DOI

10.1177/1050651919834980

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/27870

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