Repurposing Literacy: The Uses of Richard Hoggart for Creative Education

Hartley, John (2008) Repurposing Literacy: The Uses of Richard Hoggart for Creative Education. In Owen, Sue (Ed.) Richard Hoggart and Cultural Studies. Palgrave, Basingstoke, pp. 137-157.

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After 50 years, what are the implications of Uses of Literacy for educational modernisation, in the light of subsequent changes from 'read only' literacy to 'read-write' uses of multimedia? This chapter argues that a broad extension of popular literacy via consumer-created digital content offers not only emancipationist potential in line with Hoggart's own project, but also economic benefits via the dynamics of creative innovation. Multimedia 'popular entertainments' pose a challenge to formal education, but not in the way that Hoggart feared. Instead of producing 'tamed helots,' commercial culture may be outpacing formal schooling in promoting creative digital literacy via entrepreneurial and distributed learning. It may indeed be that those in need of a creative make-over are not teenagers but teachers.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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DOI: 10.1057/9780230583313
ISBN: 9780230545458
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 John Hartley
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 23:34

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