"An invigorating collection. With fresh terminology and fascinating
cross-cultural perspectives, this book takes contemporary literacy studies
to a higher plane. Its timing couldn't be better." Professor Deborah
Brandt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, author of Literacy in
We live in a textually-mediated world where writing is central to society,
its cultural practices and institutions. Writing has been the subject of
much research but it is usually highly visible and valued texts that are
studied -- the work of novelists, poets and scholars.
The studies included in this book examine every day acts of writing and
their significance. Ordinary quotidian writing may be viewed as mundane
and routine, but it is central to how societies operate and the ways
individuals relate to each other and to institutions.
Examples discussed in the book including writing in areas such as farming,
photo-sharing, childcare work and health care. The chapters are united in
their approach to examining this writing as cultural practice. The book
also brings together two important traditions of this type of study: the
Anglophone and Francophone. The work of French scholars in this field is
made accessible for the first time to the Anglophone world.
The insights and research in this collection will appeal to all linguists,
anthropologists, sociolinguistics and cultural theorists.