The Composition Issue: Introduction

  • Tony Scott


The essays featured in this issue embrace our positions within economically accountable institutions and articulate "the labor problem" from a labor perspective. Rather than approaching Composition labor as a business management issue, they approach it as a labor issue and situate it within the contemporary labor movement. Our labor structures and the language we use to describe them are not ideologically neutral: they carry implicit values concerning people, literacy, authority and work. These essays highlight the fact that our individual and collective responses to our labor problem situate us ideologically and that ideology will likely have a great impact on the way that we will approach literacy, both in our scholarship and in the classroom.