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There May Have Been Other Stuff Going On: Affective Labor and the Writing Center as a Safe House

  • Ken Nielsen
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Abstract

Keeping the invention of the university and the identity struggle of the first-year university students in mind, this chapter argues that the Writing Center is ideally suited to being a safe house. Through an analysis of more than 900 client reports written during the 2015–2016 academic year, the chapter complicates our understanding of the affective labor happening in the Writing Center and outlines some strategies for understanding and undertaking the work of supporting students in their process of invention. It suggests that it is in the affective labor that we may find the importance of the Writing Center at the Global University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken Nielsen
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  1. 1.New York UniversityAbu DhabiUAE

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