Sign up & Download
Sign in

A Legal Discourse Community: Text Centered and Interdisciplinary in Social and Political Context

by K. GRIGGS
Journal of Business and Technical Communication ()

Abstract

This article reviews recent studies of legal discourse and nonacademic writing and presents the results of a historical case study of an environmental public policy. The author examined the rhetoric of public sector communication to show how an Indiana water quality standards administrative law was socially constructed as it was written collaboratively in two cycles by members of a text-centered legal discourse community Key findings describe a dynamic discourse community with changing writing roles among government employees, lay members of the audience, and water pollution control board members. The social and political context surrounding this collaborative effort delayed formal adoption of the water quality standards in the public sector. Controversial provisions of the law stimulated social and political actions, including legislation, and in the process delayed rulemaking.

Cite this document (BETA)

Readership Statistics

2 Readers on Mendeley
by Discipline
 
 
by Academic Status
 
50% Student (Master)
 
50% Assistant Professor
by Country
 
50% Brazil

Sign up today - FREE

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research. Learn more

  • All your research in one place
  • Add and import papers easily
  • Access it anywhere, anytime

Start using Mendeley in seconds!

Already have an account? Sign in