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

ByJessica Zacher Pandya

chapter 1.1|7 pages

Introduction to the Handbook of Critical Literacies

The Current State of Critical Literacy Around the World
ByJessica Zacher Pandya, Raúl Alberto Mora, Jennifer Helen Alford, Noah Asher Golden, Roberto Santiago de Roock

chapter 1.2|14 pages

Critical Literacy

Global Histories and Antecedents
ByLina Trigos-Carrillo, Rebecca Rogers, Miriam Jorge

chapter 1.3|16 pages

Literacies Under Neoliberalism

Enabling Ethnonationalism and Transnationalism
ByRohit Mehta, Csilla Weninger, David Martínez-Prieto

chapter 1.4|10 pages

Critical Literacy in English Language Teaching, Bi/Multilingualism, and Translanguaging

ByChris K. Chang-Bacon, Nihal Khote, Robin Schell, Graham V. Crookes

chapter 1.5|11 pages

Youth Civic Participation and Activism (Youth Participatory Action Research)

ByRobert Petrone, Nicole Mirra, Steve Goodman, Antero Garcia

chapter 1.6|10 pages

Teachers Enacting Critical Literacy

Critical Literacy Pedagogies in Teacher Education and K–12 Practice
ByBetina Hsieh, Susan Cridland-Hughes

chapter 1.7|11 pages

Children's and Youth's Embodiments of Critical Literacy

ByElisabeth Johnson, Grace Enriquez, Stavroula Kontovourki

chapter 1.8|12 pages

Queer Critical Literacies

ByNavan Govender, Grant Andrews

chapter 1.9|11 pages

Critical Literacy and Writing Pedagogy

ByAnwar Ahmed, Saskia Van Viegen

chapter 1.10|11 pages

Critical Media Production

ByOlivia G. Stewart, Cassandra Scharber, Jeff Share, Anne Crampton

chapter |1 pages

Introduction to Area 2

ByRoberto Santiago de Roock, Raúl Alberto Mora

chapter 2.1|8 pages

Critical Literacy Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand

BySusan Sandretto, Jane Tilson, Derek Shafer

chapter 2.2|8 pages

Critical Literacies in Australia

ByJennifer Alford, Lisa van Leent, Lynn Downes, Annette Woods

chapter 2.3|10 pages

Critical Literacies Made in Brazil

ByWalkyria Monte Mór, Ana Paula Duboc, Daniel Ferraz

chapter 2.4|8 pages

Critical Literacies in Canada

Past, Current, and Future Directions
ByCassie J. Brownell, Ty Walkland, Rob Simon

chapter 2.5|8 pages

Critical Literacies in Colombia

Social Transformation and Disruption Ingrained in our Local Realities
ByRaúl Alberto Mora, Claudia Cañas, Gloria Gutiérrez-Arismendy, Natalia Andrea Ramírez, Carlos Andrés Gaviria, Polina Golovátina-Mora

chapter 2.6|10 pages

Critical Literacy in India

A Case for Critical and Postcritical Education
ByRadha Iyer, Sneha Subramaniam

chapter 2.7|8 pages

Critical Literacies in Indonesia

ByZulfa Sakhiyya, Christianti Tri Hapsari

chapter 2.8|8 pages

Critical Literacies in Iran

A Tour D'horizon
ByArman Abednia, Seyyed-Abdolhamid Mirhosseini, Hossein Nazari

chapter 2.9|9 pages

Critical Literacy in Japan

Reclaiming Subjectivity in the Critical
ByYuya Takeda, Shinya Takekawa

chapter 2.10|9 pages

Critical Literacies in México

ByGregorio Hernandez-Zamora, Mario López-Gopar, Rosa María Quesada-Mejía

chapter 2.11|8 pages

Critical Literacy in Puerto Rico

Mapping Trajectories of Anticolonial Reaffirmations and Resistance
ByCarmen Liliana Medina, Sandra L. Soto-Santiago

chapter 2.12|7 pages

Critical Literacy in Russia

ByMargarita Gudova, Maria Guzikova, Rafael Filiberto Forteza Fernández

chapter 2.13|9 pages

A Survey of Critical Literacy Education in Singapore

Challenges and Potentialities
ByMardiana Abu Bakar, Siao See Teng

chapter 2.14|10 pages

Critical Literacies in Post-Apartheid South Africa

ByHilary Janks, Carolyn McKinney

chapter 2.15|8 pages

Critical Literacies Work in the United Kingdom

ByJennifer Farrar, Kelly Stone, Donna Hazzard

chapter 2.16|9 pages

Critical Literacy in the United States of America

Provocations for an Anti-Racist Education
ByCheryl McLean, Cynthia Lewis, Jessica Zacher Pandya

chapter 2.17|8 pages

Critical Literacy in the Caribbean Isles (English- and Dutch-speaking)

ByLavern Byfield

chapter 2.18|11 pages

Critical Literacy in Hong Kong and Mainland China


chapter 2.19|8 pages

Critical Literacy in the Nordic Education Context

Insights From Finland and Norway
ByAslaug Veum, Heidi Layne, Kristiina Kumpulainen, Marianna Vivitsou

chapter 2.20|8 pages

Critical Literacies Praxis in Norway and France

BySilje Normand, Alexandre Dessingué, David-Alexandre Wagner

chapter 2.21|8 pages

Critical Literacies in South Asia

ByPramod K. Sah, Prem Phyak

chapter 2.22|8 pages

Critical Literacy in Uganda and Congo

The Urgency of Decolonizing Curricula
ByJean Kaya, Amoni Kitooke

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Area 3

ByNoah Asher Golden, Jennifer Helen Alford

chapter 3.1|9 pages

Critical Literacy and Contemporary Literatures

ByDavid E. Low, Anna Lyngfelt, Angela Thomas, Vivian Maria Vasquez

chapter 3.2|10 pages

Critical Arts-Literacies in Classrooms

Moving With Abduction, Imagination, and Emotion Across Modalities
ByJames S. Chisholm, Kathryn F. Whitmore

chapter 3.3|8 pages

Critical Literacy Out of the Comfort Zone

Productive Textual Tantrums
ByGeorge L. Boggs, Nerida Spina, Donna E. Alvermann, Barbara Comber

chapter 3.4|10 pages

Planetary Literacies for the Anthropocene

ByKarin Murris, Margaret J. Somerville

chapter 3.5|9 pages

Critical Literacy, Digital Platforms, and Datafication

ByT. Philip Nichols, Anna Smith, Scott Bulfin, Amy Stornaiuolo

chapter 3.6|9 pages

Connecting Critical Literacy and Dis/Ability Studies

Opportunities and Implications
ByDavid I. Hernández-Saca

chapter 3.7|10 pages

Critical Literacy and Abolition

ByJustin A. Coles, Roberto Santigo de Roock, Hui-Ling Sunshine Malone, Adam D. Musser

chapter 3.8|8 pages

Critical Digital Literacy

ByAlexander Bacalja, Earl Aguilera, Edison Ferney Castrillón-Ángel

chapter 3.9|10 pages

Critical Literacy and Additional Language Learning

An Expansive View of Translanguaging for Change-Enhancing Possibilities
BySunny Man Chu Lau, Zhongfeng Tian, Angel M. Y. Lin

chapter 3.10|11 pages

Indigenous Youth Digital Language Activism

ByKristian Adi Putra, Lusia Marliana Nurani

chapter 3.11|9 pages

Critical Literacy and English Language Teaching

BySeonmin Huh, Lílian Vimieiro Pascoal, Andréa Machado de Almeida Mattos

chapter 3.13|9 pages

The Situational in Critical Literacy

ByCatarina Schmidt, Ninni Wahlström, Amy Vetter

chapter 3.14|9 pages

Supporting Critical Literacies through Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy Within Youth-Led Spaces

ByCasey Philip Wong, Tanja Burkhard

chapter 3.15|10 pages

Critical Community Literacies in Teacher Education

ByPooja Dharamshi, Laura Ruth Johnson, Judy Sharkey

chapter 3.16|9 pages

Disrupting Xenophobia Through Cosmopolitan Critical Literacy in Education

ByRahat Zaidi, Suzanne S. Choo

chapter 3.17|9 pages

Border Literacies

A Critical Literacy Framework From Nepantla
ByEnrique David Degollado, Idalia Nuñez, Minea Armijo Romero

chapter 3.18|7 pages


Critical Literacy and the Challenges Ahead of Us
ByRaúl Alberto Mora, Jessica Zacher Pandya, Jennifer Helen Alford, Noah Asher Golden, Roberto Santiago de Roock