Workplace Ghostwriting

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An MA student in professional writing and editing undertook ethnographic<br />research on ghostwriting in the military headquarters where he has<br />worked as a civilian writer for 18 years. He investigated the ways in<br />which the military's review process (or `'chop chain'') influences<br />writer psychology and the final written product. His findings shed light<br />on writer psychology and on bureaucratese as a cultural discursive<br />product and lead him to propose changes in local writing and reviewing<br />practices. To suggest innovations in teaching and curriculum, this<br />article traces the MA student's academic authorship as he drew on the<br />disciplines of ethnography, folklore, social psychology, and composition<br />and as he used cultural theory from Foucault and textual theory from<br />narratology.




Henry, J., & George. (1995). Workplace Ghostwriting. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 9(4), 425–445.

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