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Title: Learn to write badly: how to succeed in the social sciences
Authors: Billig, Michael
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press © Michael Billig
Citation: BILLIG, M., 2013. Learn to write badly: how to succeed in the social sciences. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 244pp.
Abstract: Modern academia is increasingly competitive yet the writing style of social scientists is routinely poor and continues to deteriorate. Are social science postgraduates being taught to write poorly? What conditions adversely affect the way they write? And which linguistic features contribute towards this bad writing? Michael Billig's witty and entertaining book analyses these questions in a quest to pinpoint exactly what is going wrong with the way social scientists write. Using examples from diverse fields such as linguistics, sociology and experimental social psychology, Billig shows how technical terminology is regularly less precise than simpler language. He demonstrates that there are linguistic problems with the noun-based terminology that social scientists habitually use - 'reification' or 'nominalization' rather than the corresponding verbs 'reify' or 'nominalize'. According to Billig, social scientists not only use their terminology to exaggerate and to conceal, but also to promote themselves and their work.
Description: This is the introductory chapter (pp.1-11) from the book, Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences [Cambridge University Press © Michael Billig]. Reprinted with permission http://www.cambridge.org/
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15319
ISBN: 978-1-107-67698-5
Appears in Collections:Books (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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