Social Linguistics and Literacies: Ideology in Discourses / Edition 4


Social Linguistics and Literacies in its first edition was a founding document in the "New Literacy Studies", an interdisciplinary field that studies literacy in its full range of contexts: cognitive, social, cultural, historical, and institutional. The second edition, fully updated with new material, served as both an introduction to the field and the development of a particularly influential perspective within the field. It showed how contemporary sociocultural approaches to language and literacy-and, in particular, the New Literacy Studies-emerged and surveyed the current state of the field after its first few decades.

This fully updated new edition engages with topics such as orality and literacy, the history of literacy, the uses and abuses of literacy in that history, the analysis of language as cultural communication, and social theories of mind and meaning, among many other topics. It represents the most current statement of a widely discussed and used theory about how language functions in society, a theory initially developed in the first edition of the book, and developed in this new edition in tandem with analytic techniques for the study of language and literacy in context, with special reference to cross-cultural issues in communities and schools.

Built around a large number of specific examples, this new edition reflects current debates across the world about education and educational reform, the nature of language and communication, and the role of sociocultural diversity in schools and society. One of the core goals of this book, from its first edition on, has been to develop a new and more widely applicable vision of applied linguistics. It will be of interestto researchers, lecturers and students in education, linguistics, or any field that deals with language, especially in social or cultural terms.

About the Author:
James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe

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Gee linguistics, U. of Southern California when the 1990 first edition came out argues that an appreciation of language in its social context requires a focus not on language alone but also on the set of behavior and expectations, linguistic and otherwise, relating to a particular role among a particular group of people. The second edition removes some of the technical language of the first, and is revised is light of reaction to it. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136707223
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

James Paul Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, Tempe.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ideology and Theory: The Moral Basis of Discourse Analysis 1
Ch. 2 Literacy and the Literacy Myth: From Plato to Freire 22
Ch. 3 The New Literacy Studies: Sociocultural Approaches to Language and Literacy 46
Ch. 4 Meaning: Choosing, Guessing and Cultural Models 66
Ch. 5 Discourse Analysis: Status, Solidarity and Social Identity 90
Ch. 6 Discourses and Literacies 122
Ch. 7 Language, Individuals and Discourses 149
References 192
Index 210
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