Social Linguistics and Literacies: Ideology in Discourses

By James Paul Gee


Social Linguistics and Literacies is a powerful and provocative attempt to bridge the disciplinary gap between the study of language and literacy, and the study of social theory and critical pedagogy.

It begins with a survey of interdisciplinary work in contemporary social and cultural approaches to literacy – work that constitutes what the book calls “the new literacy studies’. The second section goes on to address key aspects of discourse studies and sociolinguistics. Finally, the third section develops a new interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of literacy, discourse and language in educational settings with special reference to cross-cultural diversity.

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