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Situated Literacies

Theorising Reading and Writing in Context, 1st Edition

Edited by David Barton, Mary Hamilton, Roz Ivanic


240 pages

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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 studies of a wide variety of specific situations, all involving real texts and lived practices, are balanced with general claims about the nature of literacy. Contributors address a coherent set of issues:

* the visual and material aspects of literacy

* concepts of time and space in relation to literacy

* the functions of literacies in shaping and sustaining identities in communities of practice

* the relationship between texts and the practices associated with their use

the role of discourse analysis on literacy studies

These studies, along with a foreword by Denny Taylor, make a timely and important contribution to literacy theory and suggest directions for the further development of the field. Situated Literacies is essential reading for anyone involved in literary education.


'This is an up-to-date collection of research-based articles on the social, communicative activities of reading and writing, edited by three of the people who have put Lancaster University on the international map as a centre for original and interesting literacy research … and the overall flavour of the book is of a collection which is genuinely based on a shared conception of the topic of research and the theoretical concepts which are used for making sense of it.' - Neil Mercer, British Educational Research Journal

About the Editors

David Barton, Mary Hamilton and Roz Ivanic are all based at Lancaster University. David Barton is the Literacies series editor and has previously collaborated with Mary Hamilton on Local Literacies (1998) Roz Ivanic is the co-author of The Politics of Writing (1997)

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