Series Editors:
  • Julia Gillen
    Lancaster University, UK
  • Uta Papen
    Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK.

This series showcases innovative research and scholarship in the field of Literacy Studies.

Literacy practices are changing rapidly in contemporary society in response to broad social, economic and technological changes: in education, the workplace, the media and in everyday life. The Literacies series reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research into reading and writing. The series aims to publish studies which consider literacy as a social practice. Work in this field has been developed and drawn together to provide books that are accessible, interdisciplinary and international in scope, covering a wide range of social and institutional contexts.  

  • Digital Literacies book cover

    Digital Literacies

    By Julia Gillen

    With our increasing use of digital and online media, the way we interact with these forms of communication is having an enormous impact on our literacy and learning. In Digital Literacies, Julia Gillen argues that to a substantial extent Linguistics has failed to rise to the opportunities presented…

    Paperback – 2014-04-15

  • Literacy and the Politics of Representation book cover

    Literacy and the Politics of Representation

    By Mary Hamilton

    Literacy is a key indicator for comparing individuals and nations in contemporary society. It is central to public debates about the nature of the public sphere, economic markets, citizenship and self-governance. Literacy and the Politics of Representation aims to uncover the constructed nature of…

    Paperback – 2012-07-19

  • Design Literacies: Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age book cover

    Design Literacies

    Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age

    By Mary P. Sheridan, Jennifer Rowsell

    Design Literacies: Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age explores new ways of meaning making by examining the practices, stories, and products of new and digital media producers with the goal of understanding the logic of marketplace production. Based on interviews with thirty new media…

    Paperback – 2010-05-11

  • Grassroots Literacy: Writing, Identity and Voice in Central Africa book cover

    Grassroots Literacy

    Writing, Identity and Voice in Central Africa

    By Jan Blommaert

    What effect has globalization had on our understanding of literacy? Grassroots Literacy seeks to address the relationship between globalization and the widening gap between ‘grassroots’ literacies, or writings from ordinary people and local communities, and ‘elite’ literacies. Displaced from their…

    Paperback – 2008-06-02

  • Literacy, Lives and Learning book cover

    Literacy, Lives and Learning

    By David Barton, Roz Ivanic, Yvon Appleby, Rachel Hodge, Karin Tusting

    Demonstrating what it is like to be an adult learner in today’s world, this book focuses on language, literacy and numeracy learning. The authors explore the complex relationship between learning and adults’ lives, following a wide range of individual students in various formal learning situations,…

    Paperback – 2007-10-31

  • Literacy and Gender: Researching Texts, Contexts and Readers book cover

    Literacy and Gender

    Researching Texts, Contexts and Readers

    By Gemma Moss

    Why are girls outperforming boys in literacy skills in the Western education system today? To date, there have been few attempts to answer this question. Literacy and Gender sets out to redress this state of affairs by re-examining the social organization of literacy in primary schools. In…

    Paperback – 2007-10-30

  • Hiphop Literacies book cover

    Hiphop Literacies

    By Elaine Richardson

    Hiphop Literacies is an exploration of the rhetorical, language and literacy practices of African Americans, with a focus on the Hiphop generation. Richardson analyses the lyrics and discourse of Hiphop, explodes myths and stereotypes about Black culture and language and shows how Hiphop language…

    Paperback – 2006-08-17

  • Situated Language and Learning: A Critique of Traditional Schooling book cover

    Situated Language and Learning

    A Critique of Traditional Schooling

    By James Paul Gee

    Why do poor and minority students under-perform in school? Do computer games help or hinder learning? What can new research in psychology teach our educational policy-makers?In this major new book, Gee tackles the 'big ideas' about language, literacy and learning, putting forward an integrated…

    Paperback – 2004-07-08

  • Literacy in the New Media Age book cover

    Literacy in the New Media Age

    By Gunther Kress

    In this 'new media age' the screen has replaced the book as the dominant medium of communication. This dramatic change has made image, rather than writing, the centre of communication. In this groundbreaking book, Gunther Kress considers the effects of a revolution that has radically altered the…

    Paperback – 2003-01-16

  • African American Literacies book cover

    African American Literacies

    By Elaine Richardson

    African-American Literacies is a personal, public and political exploration of the problems faced by student writers from the African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) culture.Drawing on personal experience, Elaine Richardson provides a compelling account of the language and literacy practices of…

    Paperback – 2002-11-07

  • Silicon Literacies: Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age book cover

    Silicon Literacies

    Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age

    Edited by Ilana Snyder

    Electronic communication is radically altering literacy practices. Silicon Literacies unravels the key features of the new communication order to explore the social, cultural and educational impact of silicon literacy practices.Written by leading international scholars from a range of disciplines,…

    Paperback – 2002-03-28

  • Student Writing: Access, Regulation, Desire book cover

    Student Writing

    Access, Regulation, Desire

    By Theresa M. Lillis

    Student Writing presents an accessible and thought-provoking study of academic writing practices. Informed by 'composition' research from the US and 'academic literacies studies' from the UK, the book challenges current official discourse on writing as a 'skill'. Lillis argues for an approach which…

    Paperback – 2001-04-26

  • Literacy and Development: Ethnographic Perspectives book cover

    Literacy and Development

    Ethnographic Perspectives

    By Brian V. Street

    Literacy and Development is a collection of case studies of literacy projects around the world.The contributors present their in-depth studies of everyday uses and meanings of literacy and of the literacy programmes that have been developed to enhance them. Arguing that ethnographic research can…

    Paperback – 2001-01-18

  • City Literacies: Learning to Read Across Generations and Cultures book cover

    City Literacies

    Learning to Read Across Generations and Cultures

    By Eve Gregory, Ann Williams

    City Literacies explores the lives and literacies of different generations of people living in two contrasting areas of London at the end of the 20th century: Spitalfields and the City. This contrast outwardly symbolizes the huge difference between poverty and wealth existing in Britain at this…

    Paperback – 2000-07-27

  • Multiliteracies: Lit Learning book cover

    Multiliteracies: Lit Learning

    Edited by Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis

    Multiliteracies considers the future of literacy teaching in the context of the rapidly changing English language. Questions are raised about what constitutes appropriate literacy teaching in today's world: a world that is both a global village yet one which local diversity is increasingly…

    Paperback – 1999-11-18

  • Situated Literacies: Theorising Reading and Writing in Context book cover

    Situated Literacies

    Theorising Reading and Writing in Context

    Edited by David Barton, Mary Hamilton, Roz Ivanic

    Situated Literacies is a rich and varied collection of key writings from leading international scholars in the field of literacy. Each contribution, written in a clear, accessible style, makes the link between literacies in specific contexts and broader social practices.Detailed ethnographic…

    Paperback – 1999-10-21

  • Global Literacies and the World Wide Web book cover

    Global Literacies and the World Wide Web

    Edited by Gail E. Hawisher, Cynthia L. Selfe

    The World Wide Web is transforming the way that information is distributed, received and acted upon.Global Literacies and the World Wide Web provides a critical examination of the new on line literacy practices and values, and how these are determined by national, cultural and educational contexts.…

    Paperback – 1999-10-21