Socio-Spatial Approaches To Literacy Studies: Rethinking the Social Constitution and Politics of Space

Mills, Kathy A. & Comber, Barbara (2015) Socio-Spatial Approaches To Literacy Studies: Rethinking the Social Constitution and Politics of Space. In Rowsell, Jennifer & Pahl, Kate (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies. Routledge, UK.

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Abstract

Literacy studies have begun to examine the spatial dimension of literacy practices in a way that foregrounds space, and that considers space as constitutive to human relations and practices. This chapter provides an introduction to spatial literacy research, providing a guide to key theorists, themes, and studies that have shaped historical and new developments in spatial approaches to literacy practice and pedagogy. It begins by reconceptualising socio-spatial approaches to literacy research and defines terms. Intersections with related social theories are examined, with an emphasis on critical approaches and the politics of space. It clarifies the relationship between socio-spatial and socio-cultural paradigms, revisiting the spatial in seminal socio-cultural research. It covers new ground,including networks, flows, and deterritorialisation of literacy practice. The chapter concludes with challenges and recommendations for future language research and educational practice.

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ID Code: 61366
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: literacy, language, culture, space, education, children, socio-cultural, socio-spatial, critical theory, critical sociology, social geography, Soja, spatial theorists, Foucault, Lefebvre, Massey, Deleuze, deterritorialisation, socio-material
ISBN: 9780415816243
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Dr K.A. Mills, Barbara Comber and Routledge
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2013 06:27
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 19:04

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