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Rethinking the spatiality of literacy practices in multicultural conditions

Kostogriz, Alex 2004, Rethinking the spatiality of literacy practices in multicultural conditions, in AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings, AARE, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-11.

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Title Rethinking the spatiality of literacy practices in multicultural conditions
Author(s) Kostogriz, Alex
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education Conference (2004 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 28 November - 2 December 2004
Title of proceedings AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings
Editor(s) Jeffrey, P.
Publication date 2004
Start page 1
End page 11
Publisher AARE
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Moving beyond the limitations of the ‘space-as-container’ ontology (Gotham, 2003), this paper offers Bakhtinian (dialogical) perspective on the use of cultural-semiotic spaces, in particular with regard to the production of new transcultural meanings and hybrid literacy practices as a result of interaction between differences. From this perspective cultural-semiotic space is not a neutral backdrop against which literacy practices unfold, but rather it is in the constant process of change due to the struggle between centrifugal and centripetal forces that operate on the level of spatial and textual politics – that is, between the processes of cultural and textual uniformization and local fragmentation. Given the dialogical nature of space and its relations to cultural identities of migrant and minority students and their literacy practices, the paper argues for rethinking literacy studies in multicultural conditions. This task becomes more urgent in the current educational era of standards, accountability and classroom pedagogies that are not attuned to the particularities of students’ intertextual practices and emergent transcultural places in which they live.
Notes Reproduced with kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISSN 1324-9339
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2004, The authors
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