Writers and their maps: The construction of a GAO report on sexual harassment

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Abstract

This article examines a 1994 General Accounting Office (GAO) report on sexual harassment at U.S. service academies to determine how power structures affected the report writers' rhetorical choices. Employing postmodern mapping theories, the article identifies what is valued and devalued in the report's contents. Then it describes Congress's reaction to the report and speculates on the report's impact on public discourse and subsequent social action. It offers postmapping theory as a way of understanding the relationship between discourse and power in policy reports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-76
Number of pages24
JournalTechnical Communication Quarterly
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2000

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