This article explores the emotional outcomes related to language commodification within an organizational context: the first-year writing program at Binghamton University, which is a public research university in upstate New York. In this setting, the meanings of effective writing instruction are discursively constructed in terms of a multi-faceted commitment to ‘the process.’ This entails an ideological commitment to both recursive process writing and the process of collaboratively evaluating the product that derives from it. I first offer an overview of the Binghamton context, including the details of collaborative portfolio assessment. I then analyze a specific sociolinguistic strategy: pep talking. I argue that pep talking is integral to cultivating localized technologies of the self through simultaneously bolstering the ideology of commitment and effacing instructors’ emotional outcomes.
Seeley, Sarah V.
"“So, that’s sort of wonderful”: The Ideology of Commitment and the Labor of Contingency,"
The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning: Vol. 25
, Article 11.
Available at: https://trace.tennessee.edu/jaepl/vol25/iss1/11
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