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Series Editor: David Barton

This series is being developed in response to the burgeoning research and scholarship in the field of literacy studies, and its increasingly interdisciplinary nature.

The aim of Literacies is to publish books on reading and writing which consider literacy as a social practice and which situate reading and writing within their broader institutional contexts.

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1-10 of 17 results in Literacies
  1. Digital Literacies

    By Julia Gillen

    Series: Literacies

    With our increasing use of digital and online media, the way we interact with these forms of communication is having an enormous impact on our literacy and learning. In Digital Literacies, Julia Gillen argues that to a substantial extent Linguistics has failed to rise to the opportunities presented...

    Published April 15th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Literacy and the Politics of Representation

    By Mary Hamilton

    Series: Literacies

    Literacy is a key indicator for comparing individuals and nations in contemporary society. It is central to public debates about the nature of the public sphere, economic markets, citizenship and self-governance. Literacy and the Politics of Representation aims to uncover the constructed nature of...

    Published July 19th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Design Literacies

    Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age

    By Mary P. Sheridan, Jennifer Rowsell

    Series: Literacies

    Design Literacies: Learning and Innovation in the Digital Age explores new ways of meaning making by examining the practices, stories, and products of new and digital media producers with the goal of understanding the logic of marketplace production. Based on interviews with thirty new media...

    Published May 11th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Grassroots Literacy

    Writing, Identity and Voice in Central Africa

    By Jan Blommaert

    Series: Literacies

    What effect has globalization had on our understanding of literacy? Grassroots Literacy seeks to address the relationship between globalization and the widening gap between ‘grassroots’ literacies, or writings from ordinary people and local communities, and ‘elite’ literacies. Displaced from their...

    Published June 2nd 2008 by Routledge

  5. Literacy, Lives and Learning

    By David Barton, Roz Ivanic, Yvon Appleby, Rachel Hodge, Karin Tusting

    Series: Literacies

    Demonstrating what it is like to be an adult learner in today’s world, this book focuses on language, literacy and numeracy learning. The authors explore the complex relationship between learning and adults’ lives, following a wide range of individual students in various formal learning situations,...

    Published October 31st 2007 by Routledge

  6. Literacy and Gender

    Researching Texts, Contexts and Readers

    By Gemma Moss

    Series: Literacies

    Why are girls outperforming boys in literacy skills in the Western education system today? To date, there have been few attempts to answer this question. Literacy and Gender sets out to redress this state of affairs by re-examining the social organization of literacy in primary schools. In...

    Published October 30th 2007 by Routledge

  7. Hiphop Literacies

    By Elaine Richardson

    Series: Literacies

    Hiphop Literacies is an exploration of the rhetorical, language and literacy practices of African Americans, with a focus on the Hiphop generation. Richardson analyses the lyrics and discourse of Hiphop, explodes myths and stereotypes about Black culture and language and shows how Hiphop language...

    Published August 17th 2006 by Routledge

  8. Situated Language and Learning

    A Critique of Traditional Schooling

    By James Paul Gee

    Series: Literacies

    Why do poor and minority students under-perform in school? Do computer games help or hinder learning? What can new research in psychology teach our educational policy-makers?In this major new book, Gee tackles the 'big ideas' about language, literacy and learning, putting forward an integrated...

    Published July 8th 2004 by Routledge

  9. Literacy in the New Media Age

    By Gunther Kress

    Series: Literacies

    In this 'new media age' the screen has replaced the book as the dominant medium of communication. This dramatic change has made image, rather than writing, the centre of communication. In this groundbreaking book, Gunther Kress considers the effects of a revolution that has radically altered the...

    Published January 16th 2003 by Routledge

  10. African American Literacies

    By Elaine Richardson

    Series: Literacies

    African-American Literacies is a personal, public and political exploration of the problems faced by student writers from the African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) culture.Drawing on personal experience, Elaine Richardson provides a compelling account of the language and literacy practices of...

    Published November 7th 2002 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Literacy in the Age of Online Curation
    By Ilana Snyder
    To Be Published September 30th 2015

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