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Seeking critical literacies in information practices: Reconceptualising critical literacy as situated and tool-mediated enactments of meaning
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Information practices; The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS))
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Information practices; The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS))
2017 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 22, no 1, 1611Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction. This paper argues for a reconceptualisation of critical literacy into critical literacies as a merger of respective strengths in two traditions: the elaborate politicised conceptions of critical in associated literacy traditions, and the attention to situated enactments of meaning expressed in literacies approaches. 

Method. Firstly, a selective conceptual review forms basis for the reconceptualisation of critical literacies. Secondly, this reconceptualisation is used to reinterpret a small convenience sample of information practices studies. 

Analysis. Information practices studies are re-interpreted with particular attention to two main aspects of the critical literacies reconceptualisation in terms of evaluative and transformative enactments of meaning. 

Results. The individual studies analysed can be reinterpreted as also describing critical literacies although, due to their alternative framings, not naming them as such and merely comprising a limited range of possible aspects. 

Conclusion. Focus on situated enactments of critical literacy (critical literacies) can provide a topical addition to the analytical focus and explanatory realm of information practices studies. These studies in turn can help further explore the critical literacies concept and formulate relations between normative definitions and local practices. This requires, however, explicit and comprehensive attention to critical literacies beyond and across sites, tools and users in new ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 22, no 1, 1611
Keyword [en]
Critical literacy, information literacy, sociocultural perspective, sociotechnical theories
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Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-12549OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-12549DiVA: diva2:1137439
Conference
COLIS 9 - 9th International Conference in the Coneptions of Library and Information Science
Available from: 2017-08-31 Created: 2017-08-31 Last updated: 2017-09-28Bibliographically approved

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