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Imagining the Cosmopolitan in Public and Professional Writing

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Anne Surma
    Pages 36-61
  3. Anne Surma
    Pages 82-107
  4. Anne Surma
    Pages 134-138
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 139-179

About this book


In this important book, Surma combines threads from ethical, political, communications, sociological, feminist and discourse theories to explore the impact of writing in a range of contexts and illustrate the ways in which it can strengthen social connections.


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About the authors

ANNE SURMA is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Murdoch University, Australia. Anne has also worked in private industry as an editor and writer and, more recently, as a workshop facilitator and consultant, advising on communication strategy and practice. Her research interests include public communication as ethical discourse and creative practice; corporate responsibility; and discursive approaches to dominant and marginalised narratives in public and organisational stories. Anne's previous publications include Public and Professional Writing: Ethics, Imagination and Rhetoric.

Bibliographic information


'Surma's first book was groundbreaking, but this one exceeds even my highest expectations for a sequel. She deftly weaves critical cosmopolitanism into the warp and woof of writing on a theoretically sound loom. The results include an ethics of care with immediate contemporary relevance conveyed in a crafted prose that is a joy to explore. In line with her plea that 'it is more urgent than ever for writers in the non-fiction domain to draw on some of the insights and approaches of their fiction-writing colleagues', she convincingly shows, with considerable style, how any more equitable cosmopolitan world order will not only be a new word order, but an imaginative re-ordering of words and worlds. This outstanding book simultaneously opens pathways to fairer futures and provides a theoretical frame for transforming the practice and study of writing and rhetoric.' - David McKie, the University of Waikato, New Zealand