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Literacy Lives in Transcultural Times

1st Edition

Edited by Rahat Zaidi, Jennifer Rowsell


232 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Combining language research with digital, multimodal, and critical literacy, this book uniquely positions issues of transcultural spaces and cosmopolitan identities across an array of contexts. Studies of everyday diasporic practices across places, spaces, and people’s stories provide authentic pictures of people living in and with diversity. Its distinctive contribution is a framework to relate observation and analysis of these flows to language development, communication, and meaning making. Each chapter invites readers to reflect on the dynamism and complexity of spaces and contexts in an age of increasing mobility, political upheaval, economic instabilities, and online/offline landscapes.

Table of Contents


Marjorie Faulstich Orellana


1 Introduction: Literacy lives in transcultural times

Rahat Zaidi and Jennifer Rowsell

2 Complicating literacies: Settler ways of being with story(ies) on Wabanaki lands

Pam Whitty

3 International struggles over ‘low literacy’ versus the alternative ‘social practices’ approach

Brian Street

4 Multiliteracies reconsidered: A "pedagogy of multiliteracies" in the context of inquiry-based approaches

Margaret Early and Maureen Kendrick

5 Examining the relational space of the self and other in the language-drama classroom: Transcultural multiliteracies, situated practice and the cosmopolitan imagination

Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou

6 Monster High: Converging imaginaries of girlhood in tweens’ digital doll play

Karen E. Wohlwend and Carmen L. Medina

7 Investing in new literacies for a cosmopolitan future

Ron Darvin and Bonny Norton

8 Public engagement and digital authoring: Korean adolescents write for/as action

Amy Stornaiuolo and Jin Kyeong Jung

9 Artifacts as catalysts for reimagining transcultural literacy pedagogies

Michelle A. Honeyford with Judy Amy-Penner, Timothy S. Beyak, David Beyer, Amanda Borton, Kelly Fewer, Chasity Findlay, and Damian Purdy

10 Rescripting classed lives and imagining audiences as online cosmopolitan practice

Diane Collier

11 Poststructural and posthuman theories as literacy research methodologies: Tensions and possibilities

Candace R. Kuby

12 Proper distance and the hope of cosmopolitanism in a classroom discussion about race

Anne Crampton, Cynthia Lewis, and Jessica Dockter Tierney

13 Towards transculturalism in tackling diversity for literacy teacher education

Patriann Smith, S. Joel Warrican, and Gwendolyn Williams

About the Editors and Contributors


About the Editors

Rahat Zaidi is an Associate Professor and Chair in Language and Literacy at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.

Jennifer Rowsell is a Professor and Canada Research Chair and directs the Centre for Multiliteracies in the Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada.

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects