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We offer institutional critique as an activist methodology for changing institutions. Since institutions are rhetorical entities, rhetoric can be deployed to change them. In its effort to counter oppressive institutional structures, the field of rhetoric and composition has focused its attention chiefly on the composition classroom, on the department of English, and on disciplinary forms of critique. Our focus shifts the scene of action and argument to professional writing and to public discourse, using spatial methods adapted from postmodern geography and critical theory.
Porter, James E., et al. “Institutional Critique: A Rhetorical Methodology for Change.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 51, no. 4, 2000, pp. 610–642. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/358914.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/358914