Ever since Richard Ohmann's initial economic analyses of English studies broadly and composition studies in particular, scholars in our field have been attuned to how what we do--as scholars, teachers, and administrators--is deeply imbricated in the current economic order. At the same time, often through the interventions of critical pedagogy, our work questions that order's enabling assumptions, values, and strategies. For instance, Tony Scott's Dangerous Writing: Understanding the Political Economy of Composition
and Nancy Welch's Living Room: Teaching Public Writing in a Privatized World
continue Ohmann's analyses, underscoring our complicated and even at times contradictory relationship to contemporary political economies.
This special issue of College Composition and Communication
will present scholarly essays that explore the political economies of contemporary composition studies and practice. In the wake of the recent economic crises and the resulting economic pressures that they have exerted on our programs, our professional lives, and the lives of our students, we need to examine our relationship--as scholars, teachers, and administrators--to the current political order. Grounded in the varied methodologies of our field, articles submitted should consider critically the material, political, and/or economic factors that enable, constrain, problematize, and provoke our work.
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