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ERIC Number: EJ1160010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Tracing Academic Literacies across Contemporary Literacy Sponsorscapes: Mobilities, Ideologies, Identities, and Technologies
Wargo, Jon M.; De Costa, Peter I.
London Review of Education, v15 n1 p101-114 Mar 2017
Locating itself broadly within the "sociolinguistics of mobility" (Blommaert, 2014) and taking heed of Stornaiuolo and Hall's (2014) call to "trace resonance" in writing and literacies research, this article works to trace academic literacies across the emerging "literacy sponsorscapes" (Wargo, 2016a) of contemporary culture. Despite its variance and recent resurgence (Lillis and Scott, 2007), academic literacies continues to be reduced to: (1) an instrumentalist and pragmatic pedagogy, and (2) the ability to navigate academic conventions and practices of higher education (Lea and Street, 1998), in particular the writing classroom (Castelló and Donahue, 2012). This centred focus, however, is limiting, and silences the more innocuous and less tangible sponsors of academic literacies: "mobilities," "ideologies," "identities," and "technologies." Set against the backdrop of globalization, and grounded in two case studies, this article considers how academic literacies are not an "and" but an "elsewhere", thereby emphasizing the importance of sociolinguistic space in academic literacy development. In it, we chart new directions for scholarship and underscore how ideologies shift with mobilities (Pennycook, 2008; Pennycook, 2012), are indexed by identities (De Costa and Norton, 2016; Hawkins, 2005), and extend through technologies (Lam, 2009; Rymes, 2012). By outlining a "literacy sponsorscapes" framework for studying academic literacies, this article highlights the purchasing power of seeing academic literacies not solely as a field or set of practices, but rather as a locating mechanism for studying a range of hybridized repertoires that are shaped and constituted by the physical and social spaces that contemporary youth inhabit.
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Literacy Education, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Writing Instruction, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Technology, Ethnography, Longitudinal Studies, High School Students, College Students
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