The Handbook of Critical Literacies aims to answer the timely question: what are the social responsibilities of critical literacy academics, researchers, and teachers in today’s world? Critical literacies are classically understood as ways to interrogate texts and contexts to address injustices and they are an essential literacy practice. Organized into thematic and regional sections, this handbook provides substantive definitions of critical literacies across fields and geographies, surveys of critical literacy work in over 23 countries and regions, and overviews of research, practice, and conceptual connections to established and emerging theoretical frameworks. The chapters on global critical literacy practices include research on language acquisition, the teaching of literature and English language arts, Youth Participatory Action Research, environmental justice movements, and more.

This pivotal handbook enables new and established researchers to position their studies within highly relevant directions in the field and engage, organize, disrupt, and build as we work for more sustainable social and material relations. A groundbreaking text, this handbook is a definitive resource and an essential companion for students, researchers, and scholars in the field.

chapter |2 pages

Introduction to Area 1

chapter 1.2|14 pages

Critical Literacy

Global Histories and Antecedents

chapter 1.3|16 pages

Literacies Under Neoliberalism

Enabling Ethnonationalism and Transnationalism

chapter 1.6|10 pages

Teachers Enacting Critical Literacy

Critical Literacy Pedagogies in Teacher Education and K–12 Practice

chapter 1.8|12 pages

Queer Critical Literacies

chapter 2.4|8 pages

Critical Literacies in Canada

Past, Current, and Future Directions

chapter 2.5|8 pages

Critical Literacies in Colombia

Social Transformation and Disruption Ingrained in our Local Realities

chapter 2.6|10 pages

Critical Literacy in India

A Case for Critical and Postcritical Education

chapter 2.9|9 pages

Critical Literacy in Japan

Reclaiming Subjectivity in the Critical

chapter 2.11|8 pages

Critical Literacy in Puerto Rico

Mapping Trajectories of Anticolonial Reaffirmations and Resistance

chapter 2.13|9 pages

A Survey of Critical Literacy Education in Singapore

Challenges and Potentialities

chapter 2.16|9 pages

Critical Literacy in the United States of America

Provocations for an Anti-Racist Education

chapter 2.19|8 pages

Critical Literacy in the Nordic Education Context

Insights From Finland and Norway

chapter 2.22|8 pages

Critical Literacy in Uganda and Congo

The Urgency of Decolonizing Curricula

chapter 3.2|10 pages

Critical Arts-Literacies in Classrooms

Moving With Abduction, Imagination, and Emotion Across Modalities

chapter 3.3|8 pages

Critical Literacy Out of the Comfort Zone

Productive Textual Tantrums

chapter 3.6|9 pages

Connecting Critical Literacy and Dis/Ability Studies

Opportunities and Implications

chapter 3.9|10 pages

Critical Literacy and Additional Language Learning

An Expansive View of Translanguaging for Change-Enhancing Possibilities

chapter 3.17|9 pages

Border Literacies

A Critical Literacy Framework From Nepantla

chapter 3.18|7 pages


Critical Literacy and the Challenges Ahead of Us