Literacy and identity : examining the metaphors in history and contemporary research

Moje, Elizabeth Birr & Luke, Allan (2009) Literacy and identity : examining the metaphors in history and contemporary research. Reading Research Quarterly, 44(4), pp. 415-437.

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In this review, the authors interrogate the recent identity turn in literacy studies by asking the following: How do particular views of identity shape how researchers think about literacy and, conversely, how does the view of literacy taken by a researcher shape meanings made about identity? To address this question, the authors review various ways of conceptualizing identity by using five metaphors for identity documented in the identity literature: identity as (1) difference, (2) sense of self/subjectivity, (3) mind or consciousness, (4) narrative, and (5) position. Few literacy studies have acknowledged this range of perspectives on and views for conceptualizing identity and yet, subtle differences in identity theories have widely different implications for how one thinks about both how literacy matters to identity and how identity matters to literacy. The authors offer this review to encourage more theorizing of both literacy and identity as social practices and, most important, of how the two breathe life into each other.

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ID Code: 27443
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: literacy, identity, power
DOI: 10.1598/RRQ.44.4.7
ISSN: 0034-0553
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 International Reading Association (IRA).
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2009 04:39
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2013 04:36

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