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ERIC Number: EJ1229146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
'Fitting In' and 'Standing Out': The Peer Group and Young People's Development of Reader Identity
Sellers, Chelsea
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v40 n7 p938-952 2019
The benefits of reading for pleasure and positive reader identities have been well established in previous research. However, much discussion regarding young people's reading is underpinned by a discourse of deficit, placing emphasis on what young people should be reading. In an attempt to move away from this discourse, this article considers reading in the context of young people's broader social and cultural worlds, exploring the role of the peer group in young people's development of a reader identity. The article argues that the reading practices young people engage in are part of their broader social and cultural participation and, consequently, part of a broader project of identity formation. By highlighting the complexity of young people's development of a reader identity and the meaning ascribed to specific reading practices, the findings challenge deficit models of young people's reading lives, which underpin attempts to redistribute cultural capital through educational and cultural policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)