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Literacies


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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.  

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Oral Literacies When Adults Read Aloud

Oral Literacies When Adults Read Aloud

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Sam Duncan
December 24, 2020

This is the first book to focus exclusively on an examination of early 21st century adult reading aloud. The dominant contemporary image of reading in much of the world is that of a silent, solitary activity. This book challenges this dominant discourse, acknowledging the diversity of reading ...

Undoing the Digital Sociomaterialism and Literacy Education

Undoing the Digital Sociomaterialism and Literacy Education

1st Edition

Cathy Burnett, Guy Merchant
April 15, 2020

Undoing the Digital challenges common ways of understanding digital technology and its relationships to literacy and literacy education. The book explores how a sociomaterial perspective can provide an alternative analysis of literacy in the context of digital communication.  Introducing a series ...

Digital Literacies

Digital Literacies

1st Edition

Julia Gillen
April 15, 2014

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...

Literacy, Lives and Learning

Literacy, Lives and Learning

1st Edition

David Barton, Roz Ivanic, Yvon Appleby, Rachel Hodge, Karin Tusting
October 31, 2007

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,...

Situated Language and Learning A Critique of Traditional Schooling

Situated Language and Learning A Critique of Traditional Schooling

1st Edition

James Paul Gee
July 08, 2004

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 ...

Literacy and the Politics of Representation

Literacy and the Politics of Representation

1st Edition

Mary Hamilton
July 19, 2012

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...

Design Literacies Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age

Design Literacies Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Mary P. Sheridan, Jennifer Rowsell
May 11, 2010

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...

Grassroots Literacy Writing, Identity and Voice in Central Africa

Grassroots Literacy Writing, Identity and Voice in Central Africa

1st Edition

Jan Blommaert
June 02, 2008

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 ...

Literacy and Gender Researching Texts, Contexts and Readers

Literacy and Gender Researching Texts, Contexts and Readers

1st Edition

Gemma Moss
October 30, 2007

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 ...

Hiphop Literacies

Hiphop Literacies

1st Edition

Elaine Richardson
August 17, 2006

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 ...

Multiliteracies: Lit Learning

Multiliteracies: Lit Learning

1st Edition

Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis
November 18, 1999

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 ...

Situated Literacies Theorising Reading and Writing in Context

Situated Literacies Theorising Reading and Writing in Context

1st Edition

David Barton, Mary Hamilton, Roz Ivanic
October 21, 1999

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 ...

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