[lg policy] book notice: Literacy and the Politics of Representation

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 24 14:55:34 UTC 2012

Literacy and the Politics of Representation
Series Title: Literacies
Published: 2012
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)

Book URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415686167/

Author: Mary Hamilton


Literacy is a key indicator for comparing individuals and nations in
contemporary society. It is central to public debates about the nature
of the public sphere, economic markets, citizenship and

"Literacy and the Politics of Representation" aims to uncover the
constructed nature of public understandings of literacy by examining
detailed examples of how literacy is represented in a range of public
contexts. It looks at the ways in which knowledge about literacy is
created and distributed, the location and relative power of the
knowledge-makers, and examines the different semiotic resources used
in such representations: images and metaphors, numerical and
statistical models, and textual narratives and how they are related to
one another.

The book focuses on the UK from 1970 to the present, but includes a
range of international comparisons and examples. In addition, exemplar
chapters offer a model of analysis that can be used to deconstruct the
representations of social policy issues.

This book is vital reading for postgraduate students in the areas of
education studies, literacy, discourse analysis and multimodality.

Now Available in the UK. Forthcoming September 2012 in the US

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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