Mirroring worldwide debates on social class, literacy rates, and social change, this study explores the intersection between reading politics and social class in Singapore, one of the top scorers on the Programme for International Assessment (PISA) tests, and questions the rhetoric of social change that does not take into account local spaces. Moving beyond research on reading practices that have until now focused mostly on Western contexts, this comparative study of reading practices in an elite school and a government school in Singapore, brings a fresh theoretical approach to the study of reading practices by mobilizing critical spatial theory at the nexus of practice and sociocultural studies of reading, to unearth previously unacknowledged spaces of (in)equity in reading practices, and reconfiguring these spaces for intervention.
The book will be relevant to literacy scholars and educators, library science and sociologists interested in the intersection of class and literacy practices in the 21st century.
About the Author
Loh Chin Ee is Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
Table of Contents
1. Reading Classes 2. Mapping the Field 3. Defining Reading(s) 4. Making "Critical" Distinctions 5. Mapping School(ed) Literacies 6. The Space and Practice of Reading