Literacies that Move and Matter: Nexus Analysis for Expanding Expectations in Contemporary Childhoods, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Literacies that Move and Matter

Nexus Analysis for Expanding Expectations in Contemporary Childhoods, 1st Edition

By Karen Wohlwend


216 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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Expanding the definition and use of literacies beyond verbal and written communication, this book examines contemporary literacies through action-focused analysis of bodies, places, and media. Nexus analysis examines how people enact and mobilize meanings that are largely unspoken. Wohlwend demonstrates how nexus analysis can be used as a tool to critically analyze and understand action in everyday settings, to provide a deeper understanding of how meanings are produced from a mix of modes in daily social and cultural contexts. Organized in three sections—Engaging Nexus, Navigating Nexus, and Changing Nexus—this book provides a roadmap to applying nexus analysis to literacy research, and offers tools to enable readers to compare methods across contexts.

Designed to help readers understand the theoretical and methodological assumptions and goals of nexus analysis in classroom and literacy research, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of the theory, framework, and foundations of nexus analysis, by using multimodal examples such as films and media, artifacts, live action performances, and more. Each chapter features consistent sections on key ideas and methods, and a description of procedures for replication and application.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Getting Coffee and Getting Started: Exploring Sites of Engagement

Chapter 2. Recognizing Literacies in Action: Learning to See Nexus

Chapter 3. Chasing Action Around a Playground: Finding What Matters in a Nexus

Chapter 4. Reading Activity: Locating Literacy Nexus

Chapter 5. Making Space: Analyzing Interaction as Multimodal

Chapter 6. Fashioning Selves: Analyzing Belonging as Embodied

Chapter 7. Storying Artifacts: Analyzing Meanings as Emplaced

Chapter 8. Improvising and Imagining Otherwise: Reimagining Nexus

Chapter 9. Keeping it Messy: Reassembling Nexus

Appendix A. Research Studies Mapped to Chapters, Methods, and Publications

Appendix B. Glossary of Key Terms

About the Author

Karen Wohlwend is Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University, USA.

About the Series

Expanding Literacies in Education

The Expanding Literacies in Education Series features books that highlight the changing landscape and explore new directions and theoretical tools in literacy studies as it is transforming education—including material, embodied, affective, and global emphases; digital and virtual worlds; and transcultural and cosmopolitan spaces. Some books in the series locate emerging literacies in practices that extend or trouble their historical uses and functions. Others cross disciplinary borders, bringing new epistemologies to bear on evolving practices that question the very foundations of literacy scholarship. Polemical and forward-looking, encompassing public and vernacular pedagogies as well as formal education, these books engage researchers, graduate students, and teacher educators with new and emerging theoretical approaches to literacy practices in all of their complexities, challenges, and possibilities.

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