Literacy, Play and Globalization
Converging Imaginaries in Children's Critical and Cultural Performances
To Be Published November 1st 2013 by Routledge – 160 pages
Series: Routledge Research in Education
This book takes on current perspectives on transnationalism and children’s relationships to media, childhood, and markets in converging global worlds. It introduces the idea of multi-sited imaginaries to explain how children’s media and literacy performances shape and are shaped by shared visions of communities that we collectively imagine, including play, media, gender, family, school, or cultural worlds. It draws upon elements of ethnographies of globalization to examine the convergences of such imaginaries across multiple sites: early childhood and elementary classrooms and communities in Puerto Rico and the Midwest United States. The analysis situates children’s literacy and play practices in the intersections of local/global, rural/urban, Spanish/English/multilingual, and Latino multinational media/US multinational media, revealing how children use drama and pretense to relocate, take up, contest, and consume global media and consumer identities.
Part I Literacy Research within Multisited Imaginaries
1. Introduction: Global Networks, Cultural Production, and Literacy Practices
2. Understanding Multisited-Imaginaries in Literacy Research
3. Critical Engagement as Mediatized Performances: Recontextualizing Pedagogies
4. An Ethnographic Exercise Mapping Media Imaginaries
Part II Children Converging Imaginaries in Classroom Pedagogies
5. Latino Multinational Media: Children's Scripting Telenovelas Discourses
6. Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, and the Girls Born in the Year of the Dragon
Part III Cultural Production at the "Playshop": Conceptualizing New Literacy Pedagogies with Young Children
7. Multi-sited Imaginaries and Playful Pedagogies
8. Cultural Playshop: Implications for Research and Future Practices
Carmen L. Medina is Assistant Professor in the Literacy, Culture and Language Education Department at Indiana University.
Karen E. Wohlwend is Assistant Professor in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University.