The Anthropology of Literacy

Lesley Bartlett, Dina López, Lalitha Vasudevan, Doris Warriner

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3 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Anthropology of Education
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781405190053
Publication statusPublished - Jul 14 2011



  • Advent of NLS, shifting literacy paradigm - anthropology, central in literacy practices
  • Anthropological study of literacy - "great divide," literate and non-literate societies
  • Anthropology of literacy
  • Literacy figures, in national and international discourses - civic participation, education
  • Multimodality and digital literacies - great interest to anthropologists of literacy
  • New literacy studies - paradigm shift within anthropology of literacy studies
  • NLS approach, stressing - cultural production of meaning of literacy for learners
  • Popular conceptions, promoting literacy as a universal good - for children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Bartlett, L., López, D., Vasudevan, L., & Warriner, D. (2011). The Anthropology of Literacy. In A Companion to the Anthropology of Education (pp. 154-176). Wiley-Blackwell.