"Nondiscursive" requirements in academic publishing, material resources of periphery scholars, and the politics of knowledge production

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Abstract

Although some consideration has been given to the manner in which academic discourse is culture-bound, how the "nondiscursive" conventions and requirements of academic publishing can serve exclusionary fonctions lias not been adequately explored. Meeting the latter requiremetits is contingent upon tlie availability of certain material resources. Reflecting on personal experience in trying to meet such requirements from an underdeveloped region, the author slwws the manner in which they serve to exclude Third World scholars from the academic publication process. Though this detachment from Western academic literacy enables the devekpment of an alternative academic culture, it can also lead to the marginalizntion of Third World scliolarship. Tlie exclusion ofTliird World scliolars impoverishes tlie production of knowledge not only in the Tliird World, but internationally. Therefore the article finally considers steps tliat may be taken to ensure a more democratic and mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-472
Number of pages38
JournalWritten Communication
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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