Literacy: An Introduction to the Ecology of Written Language, Edition 2

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This introduction to the expanding field of literacy studies has been fully revised for the second edition. It explores recent developments and new research that has contributed to our understanding of literacy practices, reflecting on the interdisciplinary growth of the study of reading and writing over the past decade.


  • 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.

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About the author

David Barton is Professor of Language and Literacy and Director of the Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University. His publications include Beyond Communities of Practice (co-edited with Karin Tusting, 2005), Letter Writing as a Social Practice (co-edited with Nigel Hall, 2000), and Local Literacies: Reading and Writing in One Community (with Mary Hamilton, 1998).
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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Nov 1, 2017
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Pages
264
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ISBN
9781119485667
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / General
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
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Writing is not just about conveying ‘content’ but also about the representation of self. (One of the reasons people find writing difficult is that they do not feel comfortable with the ‘me’ they are portraying in their writing. Academic writing in particular often poses a conflict of identity for students in higher education, because the ‘self’ which is inscribed in academic discourse feels alien to them.)
The main claim of this book is that writing is an act of identity in which people align themselves with socio-culturally shaped subject positions, and thereby play their part in reproducing or challenging dominant practices and discourses, and the values, beliefs and interests which they embody. The first part of the book reviews recent understandings of social identity, of the discoursal construction of identity, of literacy and identity, and of issues of identity in research on academic writing. The main part of the book is based on a collaborative research project about writing and identity with mature-age students, providing:
• a case study of one writer’s dilemmas over the presentation of self;
• a discussion of the way in which writers’ life histories shape their presentation of self in writing;
• an interview-based study of issues of ownership, and of accommodation and resistance to conventions for the presentation of self;
• linguistic analysis of the ways in which multiple, often contradictory, interests, values, beliefs and practices are inscribed in discourse conventions, which set up a range of possibilities for self-hood for writers.
The book ends with implications of the study for research on writing and identity, and for the learning and teaching of academic writing.
The book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of social identity, literacy, discourse analysis, rhetoric and composition studies, and to all those concerned to understand what is involved in academic writing in order to provide wider access to higher education.
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