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Academic Communities/Disciplinary Conventions

Academic Communities/Disciplinary Conventions - 01 edition

Academic Communities/Disciplinary Conventions - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780130401694

ISBN10: 0130401692

Academic Communities/Disciplinary Conventions by Bonnie Beedles and Michael Petracca - ISBN 9780130401694
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
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Academic Communities/Disciplinary Conventions by Bonnie Beedles and Michael Petracca - ISBN 9780130401694

ISBN13: 9780130401694

ISBN10: 0130401692

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01

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Unique in approach, this book explores the similarities and differences in various discipline-specific epistemologic and rhetorical conventions--and how the two are related. Each chapter is organized around a shared content topic, then divided into Science, Social Science and Humanities sections, and then two specific disciplinary units--each of which addresses the chapter's topic from the discipline's perspective. Features essays that span a range of genres, audiences, and levels of difficulty, and that explore timely and engaging topics--within such broad areas as identity and consciousness, gender and sexuality, capital economics, and the environment--from the perspectives of the more traditional fields, such as sociology, literary studies, biochemistry, and others, as well as relatively new and exciting fields, such as evolutionary psychology, computer science, genetics, ethnic studies, lesbian and gay studies, social ecology, and cultural studies. Articles range from those written in a ''popular'' and reader-friendly journalistic tone, to more difficult, scholarly pieces. Includes the scientific report format as well as the academic essay typically produced by humanists. Rhetorical modes and skills are discussed as they arise within writing assignments so that their specificity in different contexts is clear. For anyone interested in the similarities and differences of the techniques and conventions of academic writing in the different disciplines.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Thinking and Writing in the Social Sciences. 1. Social Psychology--The Individual Self.

Charles Horton Colley, Primary Groups. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self. Kenneth Gergen, The Dissolution of the Self.

2. Religious Studies--Religion and Moral Identity.

Lisa Conyers & Philip D. Harvey, Religion and Crime: Do They Go Together? Glenn Tinder, Can We Be Good without God? On the Political Meaning of Christianity.

Thinking and Writing in the Sciences. 1. Neuroscience: Identity--A Function of the Brain, or Something More?

Robert M. Hazen, The Great Unknown. David J. Chalmers, The Puzzle of Conscious Experience. Francis Crick and Christof Koch, Why Neuroscience May Be Able to Explain Consciousness.

2. Computer Science: Can Computers Think?

The Economist, In the Machine: Artificial Consciousness Clive Davidson, I Process Therefore I Am. Mark Dery, Terminators: the Robots That Rodney Brooks and Hans Moravec Imagine Will Succeed Humans, Not Serve Them.

Thinking and Writing in the Humanities. 1. Philosophy--Thinking Machines, Take Two.

Robert Wright, Can Machines Think? Maybe So, as Deep Blue's Chess Prowess Suggests. Robert Killheffer, Daniel C. Dennett, Materialist Philosopher. Daniel C. Dennett, Cog as a Thought Experiment.

2. Art History--Frida Kahlo and Artistic Identity.

Martha Zamora, Excerpts from Frida Kahlo: The Brush of Anguish. Sara M. Lowe, The Self-Portraits.


Thinking and Writing in the Humanities. 1. Film Studies--Real Wild Women/Wile Real Men.

Jack Boozer, Seduction and Betrayal in the Heartland: `Thelma and Louise.' James R. Keller, Masculinity and Marginality in `Rob Roy' and 'Braveheart.'

2. Lesbian and Gay Studies--Hidden Histories.

John D'Emilio, Capitalism and Gay Identity.

1. Communications--He Said/She Said.

Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation. Candace West & Don H. Zimmerman, Women's Place in Everyday Talk: Reflections on Parent-Child Interaction.

2. Evolutionary Psychology--Love, Homo Sapien Style.

David Buss, Chapter 1 from The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating. Robert Wright, Our Cheating Hearts.

Thinking and Writing in the Sciences. 1. Biochemistry--What's Chemistry Got to Do with It?

Shannon Brownlee, Can't Do without Love: What Science Says about Those Tender Feelings. Helen E. Fisher, After All, Maybe it's...Biology.

2. Zoology--Animal Anomalies.

Liz McMillen, Gender-Bending Hyenas: Berkeley Project Studies the Animals' Unusual Physiological Make-Up. Jason D. Woodward & Michael T. Murphy, Sex Roles, Parental Experience and Reproductive Success of Eastern Kingbirds, Tyrannus Tyrannus. Jeffrey Kluger, The Gay Side of Nature.


Thinking and Writing in the Humanities. 1. Literary Studies--The Book and the Buck.

E. Ray Canterbery, Thorstein Veblen and The Great Gatsby. Michael Petracca, The Unluckiest Consumer in the World.

2. Popular Music Studies--Corporations and Creativity.

Mark Crispin Miller, Who Controls the Music? George Lipsitz, World Cities and World Beat: Low-Wage Labor and Transnational Culture.

Thinking and Writing in the Social Sciences. 1. History--Financial Influences Past and Present.

James Twitchell, Two Cheers for Materialism. Joseph Spillane, The Making of an Underground Market: Drug Selling in Chicago, 1900-1940.

2. Ethnic Studies--''I Have a(n American) Dream.''

John Maggs, The Economics of Being Hispanic.

Thinking and Writing in the Sciences. 1. Computer Science--Brave New Economic World.

James Aley, Wall Street's King Quant: David Shaw's Secret Formulas Pile Up Money. Josh McHugh, Politics for the Really Cool.

2. Mathematics--Finance by the Numbers.

Don M. Chance and Pamela P. Peterson, The New Science of Finance. Arthur C. Mead, Algebra and Social Security: A Perfect Fit.


Thinking and Writing in the Sciences. 1. Environmental Science--The Global Hothouse.

Wallace S. Broeker, Global Warming on Trial. Helen Caldicott, The Greenhouse Effect.

2. Engineering--Cleaning Up Our Mess.

Julie Miller, How Safe Is Your Tap Water? Anthony J. Tarquin et al, Polymer Cost and Performance Evaluation.

Thinking and Writing in the Social Sciences. 1. Social Ecology--A Planet for the People.

Aldo Leopold, Toward a Land Ethic. Alan Thein Durning, Long on Things, Short on Time.

2. Political Science/Political Economy--Politics, Money, and the Environment.

Francis Cairncross, Government and the Economics of the Environment. Navroz Dubash, Donna Dogood/Joe Holistic Dialogue.

Thinking and Writing in the Humanities. 1. Cultural Studies--Green Theory.

William Rueckert, An Experiment in Exocriticism. Michael Petracca, Cornyphones and Cardboard Flamingos: A Green Consumer Reads His Breakfast.

2. Literary Studies--Natural High.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord. Walt Whitman, Song at Sunset. Christopher Clausen, Whitman, Hopkins, and the World's Splendor.

Appendix: MLA, APA, and CBE Documentation Styles.