Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives

by Colin Lankshear (Author) Michele Knobel (Author)
©2011 Textbook XVI, 368 Pages


This book presents sixteen essays in the new literacy studies tradition, written during the period 1985-2010. It covers a diverse range of themes with a particular emphasis on topics of cultural, political and historical interest. The collection includes both previously published and unpublished works, and is organized in four sections. Topics addressed in Part 1 include functional literacy, the politics of literacy in Nicaragua during the Sandinista period (1979-1990), the rise of the working class press in Britain, and reader response and the teacher as meaning-maker. Part 2 discusses critical literacy and active citizenship, literacy and empowerment, language and the new capitalism, varying ways of using computers in and out of school, and the way a low achieving student challenges conventional notions of literacy failure. Part 3 addresses the new literacy studies and the study of new literacies, the theory and practice of attention economics, and early developments in the use of ratings within online communities and social practices. The final part of the book takes up the theme of researching new literacies, discusses practices of digital remix, and provides a case study of becoming research literate within a context of DIY media creation.


XVI, 368
ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
Literacy Digital Literacy New Technologies Politics of Literacy New Literacies Pedagogy
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XVI, 368 pp., num. ill. and tables

Biographical notes

Colin Lankshear (Author) Michele Knobel (Author)

Colin Lankshear received his PhD in philosophy of education from Canterbury University, New Zealand. He is an independent researcher and writer based in Mexico, with adjunct professor affiliations at James Cook, McGill, and Mount St Vincent Universities. Michele Knobel completed her PhD in language and literacy education at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is currently Professor of Education at Montclair State University and coordinates graduate and undergraduate literacy programs. Their publications include A Handbook for Teacher Research (2004), New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Knowledge (2006), A New Literacies Sampler (2007), Digital Literacies: Concepts, Policies and Practices (2008), and DIY Media: Creating. Sharing and Learning with New Technologies (2010).


Title: Literacies