Situated Literacies: Theorising Reading and Writing in Context

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415206716
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/1999
  • Series: Literacies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

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)

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Foreword
Introduction: exploring situated literacies 1
1 Literacy practices 7
2 Expanding the new literacy studies: using photographs to explore literacy as social practice 16
3 The new literacy studies and time: an exploration 35
4 There is no escape from third-space theory: borderland discourse and the 'in-between' literacies of prisons 54
5 Becoming just another alphanumeric code: farmers' encounters with the literacy and discourse practices of agricultural bureaucracy at the livestock auction 70
6 Texts in practices: interpreting the physical characteristics of children's project work 91
7 Family literacy: a pedagogy for the future? 108
8 Emergent literacy practices in an electronic community 125
9 Respect and the pursuit of 'symmetry' in researching literacy and student writing 149
10 Researching literacy practices: learning from activities with teachers and students 167
11 The New Literacy Studies: from 'socially situated' to the work of the social 180
12 The New Literacy Studies: context, intertextuality and discourse 197
13 New Literacy Studies at the Interchange 210
Index 219
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