The rise of New Literacy Studies and the shift from studying reading and writing as a technical process to examining situated literacies—what people do with literacy in particular social situations—has focused attention toward understanding the connections between reading and writing practices and the broader social goals and cultural practices these literacy practices help to shape. This collection brings together situated research studies of literacy across a range of specific contexts, covering everyday, educational, and workplace domains. Its contribution is to provide, through an empirical framework, a larger cumulative understanding of literacy across diverse contexts.

chapter |14 pages


Methodological Matters and the Invisibility of Literacy
ByPatrick Thomas, Pamela Takayoshi

part |88 pages

Literacies in Private Lives

chapter |15 pages

Researching Social Media Literacies as Emergent Practice

Changes in Twitter Use after Year Two of a Longitudinal Case Study
ByStacey Pigg

chapter |14 pages

Building Social Worlds

Examining Women's Uses of Romance Novels
ByStephanie Moody

chapter |13 pages

Digital African American Language

A Corpus Analysis of Text Messages
ByJennifer M. Cunningham

chapter |15 pages

Reconfiguring the “Patient” Identity

Transcontextual Writing Practices of a Person with Multiple Sclerosis
ByPatrick Thomas

chapter |17 pages

Physically Present and Digitally Active

Locating Ecologies of Writing on Social Networks
ByAmber M. Buck

part |58 pages

Literacies in Public (Academic) Lives

chapter |13 pages

Academic Consequences of Performing for Friends in English Language Arts Classrooms

The Significance of Culture and Language
ByMary Beth Ressler, Mollie Blackburn

chapter |16 pages

Stepping Out with the Fop

Literacies of Embodiment and Becoming in Youth Drama
ByTreavor Bogard

chapter |13 pages

Emotionally Exhausting

Investigation the Role of Emotion in Teacher-Response Practices
ByNicole I. Caswell

part |82 pages

Literacies in Working Lives

chapter |13 pages

First Encounters in Professional Cyberspace

Writers' Exploration of LinkedIn
ByElizabeth Tomlinson

chapter |13 pages

Literacy Practices in Lunch Pails

Invisible Literacies of the Dabbawalas
ByUma Krishnan

chapter |13 pages

Enacting Professional Literate Practice

A Snapshot of One Graphic Designer's Process
ByLindsay B. Steiner

chapter |15 pages

Delivering the News

Literacy and Collaborative Response Practices at Midwest Utility
ByJillian Hill

chapter |13 pages

Conclusion: Research on Literacy in Practice

Domains, Maps, and Emerging Challenges
ByPatricia Sullivan