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Literacy and Gender

Researching Texts, Contexts and Readers, 1st Edition

By Gemma Moss


232 pages

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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 studying schooling as a social process, this book focuses on the links between literacy, gender and attainment, the role school plays in producing social difference and the changing pattern of interest in this topic both within the feminist community and beyond. Gemma Moss argues that the reason for girls’ relative success in literacy lies in the structure of schooling and in particular the role the reading curriculum plays in constructing a hierarchy of learners in class. Using fine-grained ethnographic analysis of reading in context, this book outlines methods for researching literacy as a social practice and understanding how different versions of what counts as literacy can be created in the same site.

Table of Contents

Literacy, Gender and Attainment: Introduction 1. Literacy, Gender and the Politics of School Achievement: Explaining Educational Failure and Success 2. Studying Literacy with More than Gender in Mind 3. Literacy Events in the Context of the School: Re-Thinking How Literacy, Gender and Attainment Intertwine 4. Texts in their Context of Use: Non-Fiction Text Design and the Social Regulation of Reading in Class 5. Readers in Context Text Choice as Situated Practice 6. Gender, Literacy and Attainment: Taking Things Forward

About the Series


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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General