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A dialogue between two writing collaborators reveals the act of collaboration as "empowering, liberating, exhilarating, and almost magical." Community-oriented theories of empowerment suggest collaboration can also be about reclaiming political and personal determinacy because working in pairs or groups can enable writers to encourage each other toward greater freedom of expression as they realign "authority" from external and institutional to internal and personal voices. Collaboration is a social and dialogical act of subjective construction because collaborators invent and edit notions of subjectivity as they engage with each other in writing and as they engage with each other in community. Even when collaboration is working optimally, there are barriers to dual authorship and ownership, but as a paper or book matures in succeeding drafts, real collaboraters find it more and more difficult to distinguish whose words are whose. The potential of collaboration does seem to empower rather than to silence. (SAM)

Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Group Activities, Higher Education, Language Attitudes, Personal Narratives, Power Structure

Author: Clark, Carol Lea; Connelly, Colette


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