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Unsettling Literacies

Directions for literacy research in precarious times

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  • Offers international perspectives on the notion of 'unsettling literacies' and literacies in precarious times

  • Includes case studies to illustrate a variety of contexts purusing new lines of inquiry

  • Presents research post-covid-19 that offers new insights and conceptual framing for researchers

Part of the book series: Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education (CSTE, volume 15)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Back Matter

    Pages 195-204

About this book

This book asks researchers what uncertainty means for literacy research, and for how literacy plays through uncertain lives. While the book is not focused only on COVID-19, it is significant that it was written in 2020-2021, when our authors’ and readers’ working and personal lives were thrown into disarray by stay-at-home orders. The book opens up new spaces for examining ways that literacy has come to matter in the world.

Drawing on the reflections of international literacy researchers and important new voices, this book presents re-imagined methods and theoretical imperatives. These difficult times have surfaced new communicative practices and opened out spaces for exploration and activism, prompting re-examination of relationships between research, literacy and social justice.

The book considers varied and consequential events to explore new ways to think and research literacy and to unsettle what we know and accept as fundamental to literacy research, opening ourselves up for change. It provides direction to the field of literacy studies as pressing global concerns are prompting literacy researchers to re-examine what and how they research in times of precarity.

This is an excellent book, nicely conceived and well-organised, and carefully crafted for maximum effect, making an important contribution to literacy studies scholarship. A 2020 visionary account of a distinctive, disruptive moment in time, and why innovative, reflexive work in literacy continues to matter. A thoroughly commendable project.” – Emeritus Professor Bill Green, Charles Sturt University

“Unsettling Literacies is an inspiring collection that moves and shakes the field of literacy research to consider how to mobilize the tremendous uncertainty and precarity we are experiencing and to awaken understandings of new and more equitable practices of literacy. Lee, Bailey, Burnett and Rowsell have produced a powerful and much needed volume filled with innovative perspectives on literacy that demonstrate the resiliency with which people have moved with the changing times, charging us think more boldly about our path ahead as literacy researchers.” – Professor Ernest Morrell, University of Notre Dame

Keywords

  • literacy research for change during uncertainty
  • literacy research for change during disruptions
  • literacies and activism
  • researching activist literacy practices
  • hopeful literacies in uncertain times
  • complexity uncertainty and literacies
  • methodological challenges for literacy researchers
  • literacy research and uncertainty
  • participatory methodologies for literacy research
  • perplexities and literacies
  • literacies for an uncertain future
  • transnational literacies in precarious times
  • directions in literacy research
  • literacy research for post-covid-19 era
  • challenges and opportunities for future literacy research
  • issues in literacy research in 21st century
  • literacies and the global south
  • social justice and literacy
  • theoretical perspectives for literacy research
  • literacies as social action

Reviews

This is an excellent book, nicely conceived and well-organised, and carefully crafted for maximum effect, making an important contribution to literacy studies scholarship. A 2020 visionary account of a distinctive, disruptive moment in time, and why innovative, reflexive work in literacy continues to matter. A thoroughly commendable project.” – Emeritus Professor Bill Green, Charles Sturt University

"Unsettling Literacies is an inspiring collection that moves and shakes the field of literacy research to consider how to mobilize the tremendous uncertainty and precarity we are experiencing and to awaken understandings of new and more equitable practices of literacy. Lee, Bailey, Burnett and Rowsell have produced a powerful and much needed volume filled with innovative perspectives on literacy that demonstrate the resiliency with which people have moved with the changing times, charging us think more boldly about our path ahead as literacy researchers." – Professor Ernest Morrell, University of Notre Dame

Editors and Affiliations

  • Children and Young People Network, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

    Claire Lee

  • Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

    Chris Bailey, Cathy Burnett

  • School of Education, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

    Jennifer Rowsell

About the editors

Claire Lee is an Early Career Research Fellow in the Children and Young People Network at Oxford Brookes University. Before completing her PhD in 2020, she was a primary school teacher and literacy subject leader. She is interested in children's learning lives and literacies, and how children develop a sense of self, as well as curriculum, power and classroom relationships. She conducts research that creates spaces for dialogue with children, using multimodal, participatory methods.

Chris Bailey is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Sheffield Hallam University. His work explores play; literacies; affective lived experience of space and place; sensory and embodied meaning-making; multimodal, participatory methods in research and communication. Chris is autistic and is interested in trying to work out what this means for how he understands and represents the world. He won the UK Literacy Association Student Research award in 2018 for the work that formed the basis of this book. He also received the UKLA / Wiley ‘Literacy’ Article of the Year Award in 2017. 

Cathy Burnett is Professor of Literacy and Education at Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research has focused predominantly on the relationship between new technologies and literacies within and beyond educational contexts from a sociomaterial perspective, with a recent interest in the relationship between research methods and practice. 

Jennifer Rowsell is Professor of Literacies and Social Innovation at University of Bristol’s School of Education in the United Kingdom.Her research interests include multimodal, makerspace and arts-based research with young people; digital literacies research with children; digital divide work in international contexts; and, applying posthumanist and affect theoretical and methodological approaches to literacy research. 


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Unsettling Literacies

  • Book Subtitle: Directions for literacy research in precarious times

  • Editors: Claire Lee, Chris Bailey, Cathy Burnett, Jennifer Rowsell

  • Series Title: Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-6944-6

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-6943-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-6944-6

  • Series ISSN: 2345-7708

  • Series E-ISSN: 2345-7716

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXVIII, 204

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Literacy, Sociology of Education, Research Methods in Education

Buying options

eBook
USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-981-16-6944-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)