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Spatializing Literacy Research and Practice


Kevin M. Leander and Margaret Sheehy

Current research on literacy often conceives space as a container within which social practice occurs. In sharp contrast, this edited collection argues that literary practice and social space are produced in relation to one another. Contributors to this collection consider how a spacial analysis provides entirely new information for the interpretation of literary practice. Traversing geography and literacy studies, drawing on Bakhtin, Deleuze and Guattari, Lefebvre, Soja, and a range of other theorists, contributors analyze space/literacy relations in diverse settings, including classrooms, prisons, streets, institutional programs, homes, and the popular media.
Contents: Edward W. Soja: Preface – Margaret Sheehy/Kevin M. Leander: Introduction – Elizabeth Birr Moje: Powerful Spaces: Tracing the Out-of-School Literacy Spaces of Latino/a Youth – Elizabeth Hirst: Diverse Social Contexts of a Second-Language Classroom and the Construction of Identity – Anita Wilson: Four Days and a Breakfast: Time, Space, and Literacy/ies in the Prison Community – Margaret Sheehy: Between a Thick and a Thin Place: Changing Literacy Practices – Kevin M. Leander: Reading the Spatial Histories of Positioning in a Classroom Literacy Event – Margaret Carmody Hagood: A Rhizomatic Cartography of Adolescents, Popular Culture, and Constructions of Self – George Kamberelis: The Rhizome and the Pack: Liminal Literacy Formations with Political Teeth.