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Literacy and Mobility
Complexity, Uncertainty, and Agency at the Nexus of High School and College

ISBN 9781138189874
Published May 3, 2017 by Routledge
184 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Pushing forward research on emerging literacies and theoretical orientations, this book follows students from different tracks of high school English in a "failing" U.S. public school through their first two years in universities, colleges, and jobs. Analytical and methodological tools from new literacy and mobility studies are employed to investigate relations among patterns of movement and literacy practices across educational institutions, neighborhoods, cultures, and national borders. By following research participants’ trajectories in and across scenes of literacy in school, college, home, online, in transit, and elsewhere, the work illustrates how students help constitute and connect one scene of literacy with others in their daily lives; how their mobile literacies produce, maintain, and disrupt social relations and identities with respect to race, gender, class, language, and nationality; and how they draw upon multiple literacies and linguistic resources to accommodate, resist, and transform dominant discourses.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Literacy in Place and Motion

Chapter 2: Methodology for Mobile Literacy

Chapter 3: School Systems of (Im)mobility

Chapter 4: Mobile Collaborations

Chapter 5: Pedagogy for the Present

Appendix A: Overview of Student Participants

Appendix B: Nadif’s Literary Analysis (Argument) for AP English

Appendix C: Scan of Sections of "From the Hood to the Halls: Urban Fiction Meets Hip Hop Literacies Survival Guide"

Appendix D: Katherine’s Autobiography for Dual Enrollment English

Appendix E: Transit Authority of the River City, Route 29

Appendix F: Nadif’s Proposal Essay for ENG 102, College Composition

Appendix G: Regular English Education Sketches

Appendix H: Nadif’s Research Essay for ENG 102, College Composition

Appendix I: Part Two of James’s Review of Nadif’s "An Appeal to the People Essay"


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Brice Nordquist is Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University, USA.