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ERIC Number: EJ1026047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
The (Im)Materiality of Literacy: The Significance of Subjectivity to New Literacies Research
Burnett, Cathy; Merchant, Guy; Pahl, Kate; Rowsell, Jennifer
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v35 n1 p90-103 2014
This article deconstructs the online and offline experience to show its complexities and idiosyncratic nature. It proposes a theoretical framework designed to conceptualise aspects of meaning-making across on- and offline contexts. In arguing for the "(im)materiality" of literacy, it makes four propositions which highlight the complex and diverse relationships between the immaterial and material associated with meaning-making. Complementing existing sociocultural perspectives on literacy, the article draws attention to the significance of relationships between space, mediation, materiality and embodiment to literacy practices. This in turn emphasises the importance of the subjective in understanding how different locations, experiences and so forth inflect literacy practice. The article concludes by drawing on the Deleuzian concept of the "baroque" to suggest that this focus on articulations between the material and immaterial helps us to see literacy as multiply and flexibly situated.
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Language: English
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