The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.
Chapter 17: Gender and Literacy
Gender and Literacy
This chapter considers how the intersecting discourses of gender and literacy construct subjectivities in relation to the current neoliberal social and economic order. We discuss the formation of gendered and literate subjectivities, and gender/ literacy debates in the context of neoliberal education reforms. We draw on Certeau's (1984) concept of the scriptural economy to illustrate how the economic order is implicated in literate practices, and how these, in turn, shape constructions of gender and literacy in school and home settings. We argue that gender inequity is exacerbated by the incorporation of economically driven ideologies into notions of what it means to be a gendered literate social subject.
The Discursive Construction of Gendered Literate Subjects
While literacy practices are often assumed to be ...