An introductory textbook on the growing field of literacy studies, fully updated for the new edition
Includes new sections detailing recent completed studies of literacy practices, and the use of new technologies
Distinguishes between the competing definitions of literacy in contemporary society, and examines the language and learning theories which underpin new views of literacy
Now features additional material on cross-cultural perspectives, US-based examples, and information detailing current educational policy.
This book serves as a classic introduction to the study of language, learning and literacy in their social, cultural and political contexts. It shows how contemporary sociocultural approaches to language and literacy emerged and:
Engages with topics such as orality and literacy, the history of literacy, the nature of discourse analysis and social theories of mind and meaning
Explores how language functions in a society
Surveys the notion of ‘discourse’ with specific reference to cross-cultural issues in communities and schools.
This fifth edition offers an overview of the sociocultural approaches to language and literacy that coalesced into the New Literacy Studies. It also introduces readers to a particular style of analyzing language-in-use-in-society and develops a distinctive specific perspective on language and literacy centered on the notion of "Discourses". It will be of interest to researchers, lecturers and students in education, linguistics, or any field that deals with language, especially in social or cultural terms.
This Routledge Linguistics Classic includes a new foreword by Deborah Brandt and a new framing chapter, in which David Barton and Mary Hamilton look at the connections between local and global activities, interfaces with institutional literacies, and the growing significance of digital literacies in everyday life.
A seminal text, Local Literacies provides an explicit usable methodology for both teachers and researchers, and clear theorising around a set of six propositions. Clearly written and engaging, this is a deeply absorbing study and is essential reading for all those involved in literacy and literacy education.