Few studies in technical and professional communication (TPC) have explored globalization with directness and depth—surprising, since globalization is reported to impact TPC research, teaching, and ethics. Starke-Meyerring’s (2005) global literacies model has been a rare exception. Yet, global literacies, though impressive for its time, has shown two weaknesses, selective review methods and a lack of empirical support. This dissertation therefore addresses those two weaknesses, which are endemic in TPC writ large, through a two-part project. Part I synthesizes integrative review with grounded theory, analyzing how TPC has instantiated globalization in the field’s academic journals. The analysis generates a conceptual framework to guide further empirical inquiry. Actuating the conceptual framework, Part II describes a geosemiotic analysis of a global city’s symbolic characterization. Taken together, the dissertation’s two parts update global literacies, suggesting implications for TPC research, teaching, and ethics in the urban twenty-first century.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. May 2016. Major: Scientific and Technical Communication. Advisor: Christina Haas. 1 computer file (PDF); iii, 211 pages.
Updating globalization: An integrative review of technical and professional communication scholarship and geosemiotic analysis of a global u-eco-city.
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