Situated Literacies: Theorising Reading and Writing in Context by David BartonSituated Literacies: Theorising Reading and Writing in Context by David Barton

Situated Literacies: Theorising Reading and Writing in Context

EditorDavid Barton, Mary Hamilton, Roz Ivanic


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Situated Literaciesis 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 Literaciesis essential reading for anyone involved in literary education.
David Barton, Mary Hamilton and Roz Ivanic are all based at Lancaster University. David Barton is theLiteraciesseries editor and has previously collaborated with Mary Hamilton onLocal Literacies(1998) Roz Ivanic is the co-author ofThe Politics of Writing(1997)
Title:Situated Literacies: Theorising Reading and Writing in ContextFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublisher:Taylor and Francis

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ISBN - 10:0415206715

ISBN - 13:9780415206716

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From Our Editors

As we approach the 21st century, literacy problems around the world have received more and more attention. Situated Literacies: Reading and Writing in Context contains writings by international scholars examining the broad common practices used when teaching literacy. By understanding how literacies create and maintain identities in communities, it will be easier to see how the purpose of literacy is the same the world over. Most importantly, it shows how literary practices make up a large part of a social culture.  

Editorial Reviews

"It addresses what is in my view the single-most important issue facing literacy education today."
-Colin Lankshear, "QUT, Australia