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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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Family Literacies Reading with Young Children

Family Literacies: Reading with Young Children

1st Edition

By Rachael Levy, Mel Hall
April 20, 2021

Family Literacies demonstrates, through reference to empirical research, how shared reading practices operate in a wide range of families, with a view to supporting families in reading with their pre-school children. At the heart of this book, written by two highly experienced experts in the field,...

Oral Literacies When Adults Read Aloud

Oral Literacies: When Adults Read Aloud

1st Edition

By 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 ...

Literacy, Lives and Learning

Literacy, Lives and Learning

1st Edition

By David Barton, Roz Ivanic, Yvon Appleby, Rachel Hodge, Karin Tusting
December 14, 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,...

Literacy and the Politics of Representation

Literacy and the Politics of Representation

1st Edition

By Mary Hamilton
September 10, 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

By Mary P. Sheridan, Jennifer Rowsell
June 21, 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

By Jan Blommaert
July 25, 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

By Gemma Moss
December 14, 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

By Elaine Richardson
September 22, 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 ...

Situated Literacies Theorising Reading and Writing in Context

Situated Literacies: Theorising Reading and Writing in Context

1st Edition

Edited By David Barton, Mary Hamilton, Roz Ivanic
December 02, 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 ...

Global Literacies and the World Wide Web

Global Literacies and the World Wide Web

1st Edition

Edited By Gail E. Hawisher, Cynthia L. Selfe
December 02, 1999

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....

Silicon Literacies Communication, Innovation and Education in the Electronic Age

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

1st Edition

Edited By Ilana Snyder
May 17, 2002

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, ...

African American Literacies

African American Literacies

1st Edition

By Elaine Richardson
December 06, 2002

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 ...

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