How to Write Differently


How to Write Differently

A Quest for Meaningful Academic Writing

9781800887725 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Monika Kostera, Professor Ordinaria, Faculty of Sociology and Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw, Poland and Södertörn University, Sweden
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 772 5 Extent: 176 pp
Responding to the trend of formulaic writing in the academic community, How To Write Differently offers a refreshing approach to academic writing in a practical format.

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Responding to the trend of formulaic writing in the academic community, How To Write Differently offers a refreshing approach to academic writing in a practical format.

The book explores how, in order to write differently, an author needs to embrace complexity and alterity and write to be read. Highlighting the importance of bringing joy and enlightenment to readers rather than simply writing for the metrics, experienced contributors delve into the significance of poetry and idiom, writing from the heart and what to write about. Chapters also consider key practicalities such as, how to make an argument and not slide into reductionism? How to engage with literature without being dull and formulaic? How to describe important issues such as empirical research and insights? Finally, the book sheds light on the review process, where to publish, reflective referencing and how to revise your writing.

Aiming to inspire academic writers and readers, while offering practical guidance, How to Write Differently will be a valuable resource for business and management researchers and students seeking to write in a new way.
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‘Nanni Moretti, the Italian film director, once said: “those who speak badly, think badly and live badly”. This masterly written book teaches us that this adage applies, and even more, to the written word. Academics have in their texts their most powerful weapon and sharpest tool. This book reminds us that we need to manage both with the deserved care and respect.’
– Paolo Quattrone, The University of Manchester, UK

‘How to Write Differently: A Quest for Meaningful Academic Writing has much to recommend it to those researchers who want to produce engaging and valued publications rather than simply meeting the demands of being published. This book offers guidance as well as helpful examples for following a writerly path to academic success.’
– Mary Jo Hatch, Professor Emerita, University of Virginia, US

‘How to Write Differently is a text which stands against scientific, rational, and masculinist writing. Written differently, the reader is taken on a journey into what creative writing can look like. Full of possibility, alterity, solidarity, and hope – a must read for anyone curious and interested in writing, reading, and publishing.’
– Alison Pullen, Macquarie University, Australia
Contributors: Ilaria Boncori, Barbara Czarniawska, Matilda Dahl, Ghislain Deslandes, Daniel Ericsson, Piotr Graczyk, Jenny Helin, Michał Izak, Jerzy Kociatkiewicz, Monika Kostera, Hugo Letiche, Terrence Letiche, Tytus Olszewski, Sara Persson, Annette Risberg, Martyna Śliwa, Arndt Sorge, Joanna Średnicka

Yiannis Gabriel: Foreword xiii
Introduction 1
Monika Kostera
1 Resolving the ambivalences of editing a journal 9
Arndt Sorge
2 What to write about? The parable of Diogenes 17
Jerzy Kociatkiewicz
3 Writing the personal 22
Ilaria Boncori
4 Literary machines and subjective narrators 34
Piotr Graczyk
5 Stories from the field and from the heart 44
Sara Persson
6 Making connections through poetry: A showering of words
that matter 54
Matilda Dahl and Jenny Helin
7 Untranslatable management, or the choice of idiom 67
Ghislain Deslandes
8 Art and social science: Anger, reflections, and possibilities 80
Terrence Letiche and Hugo Letiche
9 Caring reviews 88
Monika Kostera
10 Rethinking revisions: The art of devision 99
Daniel Ericsson
11 On reflective referencing 109
Barbara Czarniawska
12 Writing to be read, not for the stars 120
Joanna Średnicka
13 Reducing reductionism, halting holism – some reflections
on writing for humans 129
Michał Izak
14 Where to publish and not perish? 138
Martyna Śliwa
15 How to be a good editor – ten (very personal) commandments 147
Annette Risberg
16 ‘If you have any doubts, go to a library’ 149
Tytus Olszewski

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