Journal What does Devitt describe as the “conventional conception of genre?” What are the “New Conceptions” of genre? How are they different? Work in groups if you’d like. Post to Facebook for bonus participation points. We’ll talk more about Devitt later in the week. Hint Hint!
“Treating genre as form requires dividing formfrom content, with genre as the form into whichcontent is put” (574).“Genres develop, then, because they respondappropriately to situations that writers encounterrepeatedly. In principle, that is, writers firstrespond in fitting ways and hence similarly torecurring situations” (576).
Setting: Where did you find your articles? What other articles were publishedin the same issue or journal? How did you access your articles?Setting My articles were found through the University of Central Florida onlinelibrary, in the online database, Web of Science. After searching for mytopic of cannabis I zeroed in on a particular study, “ Daily Marijuana useand suicidality: the unique impact of social anxiety”. This study is from thebook “Addictive Behaviors”. The book also discusses various other drugsand their consequences. On the list of citations at the end of the article Ifound two other interesting studies.The other two studies are, “Cannabis and suicide: longitudinal study” and“Does cannabis use lead to depression and suicidal behaviours? Apopulation-based longitudinal study come”, from academic psychologyjournals. These studies all come from universities, conductingpsychological studies on cannabis users and related suicidal issues. Otherarticles in each studies’ citations were similar in nature discussing thingsthat cannabis can effect. The articles also discussed other illicit drugs thatcause delusional side effects. These studies also are recent from 2008 to2012.
Subject: What topic(s) are discussed in your articles? Whatissues, ideas, questions are addressed? When people read thesearticles, what are they discussing?Subject:The article “Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment of Deaf Adults: Demographicand Diagnostic Comparisons with Hearing Inpatients” by Sarah A.Landsberger and David R Diaz and the article “Special IssuesRegarding Psychotherapy with the Deaf” by Micheael F Hoyt, Ellen Y.Siegelman, and Hilde S. Schlesinger are both about the difficultiesphilologists face when communicating and diagnosing deaf patients.The third article “Comprehensive Mental Health Servives for the deafPeople with Major Mental illness” is explaining the program calledThresholds that was created to help solve these difficulties. “InpatientPsychiatric Treatment of Deaf Adults: Demographic and DiagnosticComparisons with Hearing Inpatients” discusses a study that theyconducted analyzing the differences in diagnoses of a group of deafpatients and a group of hearing patients. “Special Issues RegardingPsychotherapy with the Deaf” mainly discussed some of the maindifferences in treating a hearing person versus a deaf person. Someonemay read this when acquiring a deaf patient for the first time.
Participants: Who typically reads this journal? Who would beinterested in these articles? What characteristics must readers of this--of this genre possess? Who writes texts in this genre? Who are theauthors (this might require you to do some outside research on theauthors)? Participants The authors of these studies are professors at the university level and psychiatrists. The professors are specifically psychology, sociology and human geography professors. These authors are from various universities such as University of Vermont, Florida State University, Louisiana State University and University of Oslo. The participants are from different countries including the US, Britain and Norway. The psychiatrists are from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Britain. These studies are read by other psychology professors, sociology professors, psychiatrists, social workers and medical personnel. The study provides for a larger audience because it focuses on the psychological aspects of cannabis as well as the experimental/scientific aspects. The participants would be looking for scientific and intellectual information regarding societal use of cannabis. This study is also for psychologists or scientists to compare results with similar studies that they have conducted. The third study discussed for example is from Norway, American scholars may be looking to compare cannabis effects internationally.
Participants: Who typically reads this journal? Who would beinterested in these articles? What characteristics must readers ofthis--of this genre possess? Who writes texts in this genre? Whoare the authors (this might require you to do some outsideresearch on the authors)?ParticipantsWhen reading these articles the reader may be interested in deafpsychiatry. They may be a student, such as myself, looking to go into theresearch or the reader may be a mother of a deaf child who wants toplace them into some therapy. The common thread between the readerswould be some interest in the deaf and the problems they face whencommunicating and how this and difference in culture may lead to amisdiagnosis. The writers of these journals are mainly researchers thathave conducted studies on these topics. Sarah A. Landsberger and DavidR. Diaz work at Indiana University School of Medicine in the psychiatrydepartment. Michael F. Hoyt Ellen Y. Siegelman and Hide S. Schlesingerhave each written a couple books on psychotherapy.
Features: What recurrent features do the articles share? For example, what contentis typically included? What is excluded? How is the content treated? How is evidenceprovided? How are sources cited? What sorts of examples are used? In what formatare the texts of the genre presented? What layout or appearance is common? Howlong are the texts? Are the sentences varied? Is a type of jargon used? How wouldyou describe the writer’s voice? What counts as evidence (personal testimony, facts,etc.)?FeaturesThese studies all have similar formats. The studies include anabstract, introduction, followed by method, results and conclusion of thestudy. Each study uses graphs, charts and surveys that must bedissected. The studies follow a true constancy in terms of scientificmethod. The studies each ask a question and see if they can answer thequestion through an experiment and analysis. The studies are straight tothe point with method, results and conclusion. The information is mainlyfactual with examples and visual aids dealing with statistics. The language in each study is technical and hard to read for a non-specialist. For example, “A hierarchical linear regression analysis wasconducted to examine whether social anxiety interacted with marijuanause status (current users vs abstainers) to predict suicidality.” A non-specialist may not know what a hierarchical linear regression is. All of thearticles have extensive citations at the end of their readings indicatinghow much research went into the each study. Some of studies have theauthors and their prospective universities in the beginning for
Patterns: What do the genre features that you discussed reveal about the genre and thesituation in which it is used? Why are these patterns significant? What do the patternssay about the people who use them, and how do you know? What arguments can youmake about these patterns? What do the readers of this genre have to know or believeto understand or appreciate the genre? What values, beliefs, goals, and assumptionsare revealed through the genre’s patterns? What actions does the genre makepossible? What attitude toward readers is implied in the genre? What attitude towardthe world is implied in it?Patterns:The features show that the authors of these journals allow the readers tobe able to jump through and skim the journal to find the area that thereader may be most interested in such as results or discussion. Theyeach have a section on the differences of having a hearing patient and adeaf patient because this may be a focus for many readers having justencountered a deaf patient. The focus on statistics and results show thatthe importance they place on factual evidence to support their claims.They also state the doctor’s names and past studies to increase thecredibility of their research. They do include a section of error that couldnot be controlled within their study. This shows that they are concernedwith correctly informing the reader to the research to not falsely swaytheir opinions.
Guidelines Length is not important, but details are Use MLA heading format for now (your name, my name, course name, date) Don’t worry about citations until tomorrow Use examples!
What now? Work on your draft, and ask questions Bring laptops tomorrow, with your draft saved so that you can peer review You can print a hard copy if you don’t want to use laptops for peer review Final copy printed for class on Wednesday!