Youths’ Global Engagement in Digital Writing Ecologies

Authored by: Donna E. Alvermann , Bradley Robinson

Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138206304
eBook ISBN: 9781315465258
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Although educators often express a general belief that there has been a decline in young people’s engagement with reading and writing (Carr, 2010), this claim remains unsubstantiated. In this chapter, we stress the need for taking into account the many complex writing practices that youth between the ages of 12 and 18 exhibit when given access to digital media and sufficient bauds for communicating on the Internet. Inspired by Williams’s (2012) and Bakhtin’s (1981) play with centrifugal and centripetal forces, we examine the concepts of centripetal and centrifugal cultural forces in relation to ecologies of writing as a theoretical framework for interpreting and responding to adolescents’ global engagement with digital writing and media.

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