1st Edition

Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures

    326 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    326 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    At the forefront of current digital literacy studies in education, this handbook uniquely systematizes emerging interdisciplinary themes, new knowledge, and insightful theoretical contributions to the field. Written by well-known scholars from around the world, it closely attends to the digitalization of writing and literacies that is transforming daily life and education. The chapter topics—identified through academic conference networks, rigorous analysis, and database searches of trending themes—are organized thematically in five sections:

    • Digital Futures
    • Digital Diversity
    • Digital Lives
    • Digital Spaces
    • Digital Ethics

    This is an essential guide to digital writing and literacies research, with transformational ideas for educational and professional practice. It will enable new and established researchers to position their studies within highly relevant directions in the field and to generate new themes of inquiry.

    Preface Kathy A. Mills


    Introduction Digital Diversity, Ideology, and the Politics of a Writing Revolution

    Kathy A. Mills & Amy Stornaiuolo

    Section I: Digital Futures

    Section I Introduction Digital Futures

    Kathy A. Mills

    Chapter 1 Cosmopolitan Practices, Networks, and Flows of Literacies

    Amy Stornaiuolo, Glynda Hull, & Matthew Hall

    Chapter 2 Sensory Literacies, the Body, and Digital Media

    Kathy A. Mills, Len Unsworth, & Beryl Exley 

    Chapter 3 Experiencing Electracy: Digital Writing and the Emerging Communicative Landscapes of Youth Composing Selves

    Anna Smith & Jon Wargo

    Chapter 4 Fostering Impossible Possibles through Critical Media Literacies

    Jessica Zacher Pandya & Noah Asher Golden

    Section II: Digital Diversity

    Section II Introduction Digital Diversity

    Jessica Zacher Pandya

    Chapter 5 Digital Divides and Social Inclusion

    Mark Warschauer & Tamara Tate

    Chapter 6 Beyond the Techno-Missionary Narrative: Digital Literacy and Necropolitics

    Elizabeth Losh

    Chapter 7 Integrating and Humanizing Knowledgeable Agents of the Digital and Black Feminist Thought in Digital Literacy Research

    Tisha Lewis Ellison

    Chapter 8 Global Refugee Crisis: Literacy Concerns and Media Coverage

    Ariel Loring & Vaidehi Ramanathan

    Chapter 9 Race and Racism in Digital Media: What Can Critical Race Theory Contribute to Research on Techno-cultures?

    Kathy A. Mills & Amanda Godley

    Section III: Digital Lives

    Section III Introduction Digital Lives

    Anna Smith

    Chapter 10 Embodiment and Literacy in a Digital Age: The Case of Handwriting

    Christina Haas & Megan McGrath

    Chapter 11 Playful Literacies and Practices of Making in Children’s Imaginaries

    Karen E. Wohlwend, Beth A. Buchholz, & Carmen Liliana Medina

    Chapter 12 Digital Geographies

    Ty Hollett, Nathan C. Phillips & Kevin M. Leander

    Chapter 13 Youths’ Global Engagement in Digital Writing Ecologies

    Donna E. Alvermann & Bradley Robinson

    Chapter 14 Literate Identities in Fan-Based Online Affinity Spaces

    Jayne C. Lammers, Alecia Marie Magnifico, & Jen Scott Curwood

    Section IV: Digital Spaces

    Section IV Introduction Digital Spaces

    Kathy A. Mills

    Chapter 15 Assembling Literacies in Virtual Play

    Chris Bailey, Cathy Burnett, & Guy Merchant

    Chapter 16 Space, Time, and Production: Games and the New Frontier of Digital Literacies

    Antero Garcia

    Chapter 17 Digital Metroliteracies: Space, Diversity and Identity

    Sender Dovchin & Alastair Pennycook

    Chapter 18 Critically Reading Image in Digital Spaces and in Digital Times

    Peggy Albers, Vivian M. Vasquez, & Jerome C. Harste

    Chapter 19 The Quantified Writer: Data Traces in Education

    Anna Smith, Bill Cope, & Mary Kalantzis

    Section V: Digital Ethics

    Section V Introduction Digital Ethics

    Amy Stornaiuolo

    Chapter 20 Digital Ethics, Political Economy and the Curriculum: This Changes Everything

    Allan Luke, Julian Sefton-Green, Phil Graham, Douglas Kellner, & James Ladwig

    Chapter 21 Digital Youth and Educational Justice

    Lalitha Vasudevan, Kristine Rodriguez Kerr, & Cristina Salazar Gallardo

    Chapter 22 Composing as Culturing: An American Indian Approach to Digital Ethics

    Kristin L. Arola

    Chapter 23 Aesthetics and Text in the Digital Age

    Theo van Leeuwen

    List of Contributors



    Kathy A. Mills is a Professor of Literacies and Digital Cultures at Learning Sciences Institute Australia at Australian Catholic University, Australia.

    Amy Stornaiuolo is an Assistant Professor in the Reading, Writing, and Literacy program of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. 

    Anna Smith is an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at Illinois State University, USA. 

    Jessica Zacher Pandya is the Chair of Liberal Studies and Professor of Teacher Education and Liberal Studies at California State University, Long Beach, USA.