Discourse and “The New Literacy Studies�?

James Paul Gee

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Abstract

The new literacy studies (hereafter “NLS�?) is a name that arose “after the fact.�? In the 1980s a number of scholars from different disciplines (see citations below, in the next section) began to critique the traditional view of literacy as “the ability to read and write�? (a largely individual and mental phenomenon) and to argue for a social and cultural approach to literacy. In the late 1980s I referred to this work, in which I was myself engaged, as “the New Literacy Studies�? (Gee, 1989), because I believed that the work shared some common themes and was converging on a new interdisciplinary field of study. The people I included under this label did not necessarily see themselves at the time as being in the same “movement.�? Brian Street, one of the earliest and leading scholars in the NLS, has since done more than anyone to institutionalize the NLS and to get it recognized as a consistent approach to literacy studies (Street, 1997, 2003, 2005).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages371-382
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781136672927
ISBN (Print)9780415551076
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Gee, J. P. (2013). Discourse and “The New Literacy Studies�? In The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis (pp. 371-382). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203809068-36