How much ‘situated’ are situated genre practices? A few reflections on the nature of genres in the contemporary public space
How much ‘situated’ are situated genre practices?
A few reflections on the nature of genres in the contemporary public space
This paper is a tentative attempt to identify some basic-level conceptual and theoretical problems underlying the mainstream genre theory, which adversely affect the analysis of rapidly-evolving, complex and hybrid genres in the modern communicative space. Having discussed these problems, I argue that the space of contemporary public communication should be viewed as not only an “analytic problem”, but also/rather a domain whose explorations could potentially revise the existing principles of genre theory. In particular, I suggest such explorations should focus on the conception of (public communication) genres as (i) abstractions, (ii) activators and realizers of context, (iii) flexible macrostructures, (iv) social field entities, (v) assigners of interpersonal roles.
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