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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 4 • Date Dec 1992

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  • Images of women in technical books from the English Renaissance

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):196 - 207
    Cited by:  Papers (7)
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    Technical books written for women in the English Renaissance are shown to provide a rich source for furthering knowledge of the literacy of women, particularly middle-class women, and the roles these women assumed. These show that Renaissance women assumed active roles, were generally as literate as men, and needed books to help them execute major responsibilities in home medical care, home and es... View full abstract»

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  • Gender and visual communication: toward a feminist theory of design

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):222 - 229
    Cited by:  Papers (3)
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    Drawing on recent studies of visual design and current feminist theory, and based on a research project in which males and females were asked to create visual representations of factual information, a feminist theory of design is posited. Three primary positions relevant for technical communicators are argued: (1) social constructionism is a feminist perspective; (2) technical communicators need t... View full abstract»

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  • Woman as mediatrix: women as writers on science and technology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):208 - 216
    Cited by:  Papers (8)
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    It is argued that although the writing on science and technology produced by women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries has usually been considered peripheral to scientific and technological advancement, the history of the mediatrix, or woman mediator, reveals that women writers carried out essential tasks. History suggests that women assumed the role of mediatrix much more frequently than t... View full abstract»

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  • A communication-based theory of the glass ceiling: rhetorical sensitivity and upward mobility within the technical organization

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):230 - 235
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    The point beyond which promotions, raises, and job opportunities in general are defined to women and minorities solely because of their sex or their race, the so-called glass ceiling, is addressed. A communication-based theory of the organizational glass ceiling is outlined. The theory considers communication style, regardless of race or gender, to be an organizational member's most critical busin... View full abstract»

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  • The design of sexism: the case of an army maintenance manual

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):217 - 221
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    The author compares 1970 and 1990 versions of the US Army publication PS: The Preventive Maintenance Monthly. it is seen that visual communication becomes dated even more quickly than does textual communication. The later version of PS offers a visual design that has been toned down, tamed, subdued; what had been a visual rhetoric with clear (in hindsight) sexist assumptions has yielded t... View full abstract»

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  • Cross-gender immediacy behaviors and sexual harassment in the workplace: a communication paradox

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):236 - 241
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    It is asserted that immediacy communicates approachability and availability, and that interpersonal relationships are crucial to job effectiveness and satisfaction for technical communication professionals. Increased concern about sexual harassment in the workplace, however, creates a paradox; while immediacy behaviors can establish a positive workplace environment, sexual harassment policies can ... View full abstract»

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  • The engineer as rational man: the problem of imminent danger in a non-rational environment

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):242 - 249
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    US government and industry attitudes toward mine safety and health, articulated in the instruction manuals and training guides published by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, are seen to reflect an engineering perspective based on the concept of a rational man, a perspective that undermines the ability of miners to take responsibility for their own education and ultimately obstructs effect... View full abstract»

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Mercer University School of Eng.