Expanding the definition and use of literacies beyond verbal and written communication, this book examines contemporary literacies through action-focused analysis of bodies, places, and media. Nexus analysis examines how people enact and mobilize meanings that are largely unspoken. Wohlwend demonstrates how nexus analysis can be used as a tool to critically analyze and understand action in everyday settings, to provide a deeper understanding of how meanings are produced from a mix of modes in daily social and cultural contexts. Organized in three sections—Engaging Nexus, Navigating Nexus, and Changing Nexus—this book provides a roadmap to applying nexus analysis to literacy research, and offers tools to enable readers to compare methods across contexts.

Designed to help readers understand the theoretical and methodological assumptions and goals of nexus analysis in classroom and literacy research, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of the theory, framework, and foundations of nexus analysis, by using multimodal examples such as films and media, artifacts, live action performances, and more. Each chapter features consistent sections on key ideas and methods, and a description of procedures for replication and application.

part |71 pages

Engaging Nexus

chapter 1|17 pages

Getting Coffee and Getting Started

Exploring Sites of Engagement

chapter 2|15 pages

Recognizing Literacies in Action

Learning to See Nexus

chapter 3|37 pages

Chasing Action Around a Playground

Finding What Matters in a Nexus

part |125 pages

Navigating Nexus

chapter 4|35 pages

Reading Activity

Locating Literacy Nexus

chapter 5|32 pages

Making Space

Analyzing Interaction as Multimodal

chapter 6|25 pages

Fashioning Selves

Analyzing Belonging as Embodied

chapter 7|31 pages

Storying Artifacts

Analyzing Meanings as Emplaced

part |49 pages

Changing Nexus

chapter 8|26 pages

Improvising and Imagining Otherwise

Reimagining Nexus

chapter 9|21 pages

Keeping It Messy

Reassembling Nexus