Social Design Literacies

Designing action literacies for fast-changing futures

Authored by: Jay Lemke , Caspar van Helden

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415816243
eBook ISBN: 9781315717647
Adobe ISBN: 9781317510611


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Over just the last few decades there has been a radical expansion in our conceptions of what literacies can be (Baynham and Prinsloo 2008; Bezemer and Kress 2008; Erstad and Sefton-Green 2013; Gee 1990; Street and Lefstein 2007). We have moved from traditional print literacies to new multimedia literacies, from an emphasis on reading as the consumption of others’ ideas to authorship and production as the dissemination of our own. From literacy as a competence of the isolated individual, we have moved to a distributed conception of literacies as embodied and practiced by people making meaning together (e.g., Andriessen and Järvelä 2013). From the view that literacy is a politically neutral skill, we have awakened to the role of literacies in re-making the world in the interest of all and not just for the few.

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