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 useful knowledges, either within the academy quite often and within the self-discipline of rhetoric and composition. He explores arguments approximately even if theorizing is an acceptable mode of scholarly inquiry for a box that's essentially proficient through functional wisdom, no matter if theory-building often speaks to neighborhood matters, and even if the creation of idea in composition results in scholarship that's extra obfuscating than illuminating. finally, Dobrin argues that theoretical research could be an essential type of knowledge-making in composition and that thought and perform needs to unavoidably tell each other.

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