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Space, place and power : the spatial turn in literacy research

Mills, Kathy A. & Comber, Barbara (2013) Space, place and power : the spatial turn in literacy research. In Hall, Kathy, Cremin, Teresa, Comber, Barbara, & Moll, Luis (Eds.) International Handbook of Research in Children's Literacy, Learning and Culture. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., London, pp. 412-423.

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    Abstract

    Place matters to literacy because the meanings of our language and actions are always materially and socially placed in the world (Scollon & Scollon, 2003). We cannot interpret signs, whether an icon, symbol, gesture, word, or action, without taking into account their associations with other meanings and objects in places. This chapter maps an emergent strand of literacy research that foregrounds place and space as constitutive, rather than a backdrop for the real action. Space and place are seen as relational and dynamic, not as fixed and unchanging. Space and place are socially produced, and hence, can be contested, re-imagined and re-made. In bringing space and place into the frame of literacy studies we see a subtle shift – a rebalancing of the semiotic with the materiality of lived, embodied, and situated experience. ...

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    ID Code: 52706
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: literacy , socio-cultural, place-based pedagogies, spatial, sociology of education, review of research, environment
    DOI: 10.1002/9781118323342.ch30
    ISBN: 9780470975978
    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 > Children & Youth Research Centre
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Kathy Mills and Barbara Comber
    Copyright Statement: This chapter, in part or in full, cannot be copied for purposes other than for citation and fair dealing under the Australian law.
    Deposited On: 25 Jul 2012 12:31
    Last Modified: 01 May 2014 19:21

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