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Reclaiming Powerful Literacies

New Horizons for Critical Discourse Analysis, 1st Edition

By Rebecca Rogers


142 pages | 57 B/W Illus.

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Offering a unique, reflexive framework for Critical Discourse Analysis focused on discourses of hope, transformation, and liberation, this book showcases a variety of powerful literacies in action. Drawing from original research in a range of public, educational spaces across the lifespan—from Kindergartners studying social justice movements, to sixth graders designing a social justice museum exhibit focused on the environment and sustainability, to teacher education students practicing racial literacy in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri—Rogers makes the case that critical social theories often associated with Critical Discourse Analysis have not kept pace with a recent shift toward the positive, referred to as Positive Discourse Analysis. Encouraging readers to reconsider their understanding of concepts such as power, action, context, critique, and reflexivity, this book illustrates the potential of theorizing discourse analysis from a positive orientation.


"Rebecca Rogers’ book takes the field of literacy studies into new ground. Richly theorized and beautifully illustrated through compelling examples of situated practice, it demonstrates how teachers might enable powerful literacies whereby students and teachers can work together to learn about social justice and take action."

--Barbara Comber, Research Professor of Education, University of South Australia

Table of Contents

1 Powerful Literacy Practices and Critical Discourse Analysis

2 Learning about Workers’ Rights: Critical Literacy in a Kindergarten Classroom

3 Agitating for Environmental Sustainability: 6th Graders Design a Museum Exhibit

4 Reading, Writing, and Responding to Racism with Ferguson: Racial Literacy in Action

5 Creating Space for Democracy and Public Contribution to School Governance: An Elected School Board’s Use of CDA

6 Mobilizing Positively Oriented CDA to Transform Literacy Education: Reflections, Critiques, and New Directions



About the Author

Rebecca Rogers is Professor of Education at University of Missouri–St. Louis, USA.

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 / Research
EDUCATION / Students & Student Life