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Self-reflexive Learnings from Writing


Introduction
Purpose and illusions of writing: why and to what end?
Audience and illusions: who is such writing for?
Special thematic concerns
Context
Writing-related roles
Sources and mandate
Style and method: in search of an appropriate form
Characteristic forms: scope, experimental forms, unusual topics
Publication issues
Assessment
Meta-framework issues: self-reflexive perspectives
Major learnings
Embodiment
References

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Introduction

This is a reflection on a writing process over the period 1962-2004 that has given rise to the collection of articles on this site. It covers the following aspects:

  • Purpose and illusions of writing
  • Style and method
  • Context, sources and mandate
  • Special thematic concerns
  • Characteristic forms: scope, experimental forms, unusual topics
  • Publication issues
  • Assessment
  • Why and to what end?

A separate paper (Configuring Metaphoric Polarities in Writing, 2004) uses insights explored in this collection of papers to respond to these questions more formally.

A first exercise of this kind was entitled In Search of Transformational Pathways: bibliography of studies conducted from 1962 to 1981 under the auspices of the UIA and Mankind 2000 (1981). This organized papers in terms of the segments of concentric circles ( diagram?). A later effort described the more formal publishing activity instigated and coordinated over the subsequent period (see Sharing a Documentary Pilgrimage: UIA -- Saur Relations 1982-2000). An attempt at visualizing in a single image all the cross-references between past documents was made in 2003.

Neither of these explore the questions of why such activity, and the more speculative explorations on this site, are undertaken. What is such wrting for? As a writer colleague put it: "Have you any idea WHY we do this?". The following endeavours to respond to the question, to explain the methods and styles chosen, and to reflect on the degree of coherence that emerges from the variety of papers written.

  • What is the function of this activity?
  • How many kinds of why-ring and rings of polarity?
  • See also Tracing a Pattern
kinds of why-ring and rings of polarity?
  • See also Tracing a Pattern

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