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This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Writing and Popular Culture
Writing and popular culture
Introduction

Children and young people are immersed in a wide variety of forms of popular culture in their everyday lives and these texts, and artefacts have a profound effect on their identities, social networks, and cultural practices. ‘Popular culture’ in this context can be defined as the: ‘daily, vernacular, common, cultural environment around us all … the television we watch, the movies we see, the fast food, or slow food, we eat, the clothes we wear’ (Browne, 1987:2) and includes the texts and artefacts we consume as well as produce. It is inevitable that literacy is bound up in this heady mix and there is now much evidence that attests to the central role that popular culture plays in ...

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