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Title: Local Literacies
Subtitle: Reading and Writing in One Community
Written By: David Barton
Mary Hamilton
Series Title: Routledge Linguistics Classics

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

"Local Literacies" is a unique detailed study of the role of reading and writing
in people’s everyday lives. By concentrating on a selection of people in a
particular community in Lancaster, England, the authors analyse how they
use literacy in their day-to-day lives. It follows four people in detail examining
how they use local media, their participation in public life, the role of literacy
in family activities and in leisure pursuits. Links are made between everyday
learning and education. The study is based on an ethnographic approach to
studying everyday activities and is framed in the theory of literacy as a social

This Routledge Linguistics Classic includes a a new foreword by Deborah
Brandt and a new framing chapter, in which David Barton and Mary Hamilton
look at the connections between local and global activities, interfaces with
institutional literacies, and the growing significance of digital literacies in
everyday life.

A seminal text, "Local Literacies" provides an explicit usable methodology for
both teachers and researchers, and clear theorising around a set of six
propositions. Clearly written and engaging, this is a deeply absorbing study
and is essential reading for all those involved in literacy and literacy

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780415691727
Pages: 336
Prices: U.S. $ 160.00
U.K. £ 105.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780415691741
Pages: 336
Prices: U.K. £ 29.99
U.S. $ 49.95