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Literacy and power

Literacy and power

Janks, Hilary

In this landmark text, Hilary Janks synthesises competing approaches to critical literacy education, organised according to four key orientations in the field. More than just an attempt to be inclusive, this book works to bring together the different projects that take seriously the relationship between language, literacy and power

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Published London: Routledge, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Hilary Janks
ISBN: 0415999634, 0805855777, 9780415999632, 9780805855777
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 1 v.
Series: Language, culture, and teaching
Subject: Critical pedagogy.; Literacy Social aspects.; Language; Literacy Study and teaching.; Language and education.; Literacy


  1. Foreword, Sonia Nieto
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. 1. Turning to Literacy
  5. 2. Orientations to Literacy
  6. 3. Language and Power
  7. 4. Reading Texts Critically
  8. 5. Diversity, Difference and Disparity
  9. 6. Access, Gate-Keeping and Desire
  10. 7. Critical Text Production: Writing and Design
  11. 8. Redesign, Social Action and Possibilities for Transformation
  12. 9. The Future of Critical Literacy
  13. References
  14. Index

Author note

Hilary Janksis a professor in Applied English Language Studies in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. 


"This book has integrity - in more than one meaning of the word. Hilary Janks sets out to describe and exemplify an integrated model of critical literacy which includes both cognitive skills and social practices but she is herself a writer of proven professional integrity. One of the attractive features of this book - and there are many - is that the author includes the important historical dimension as she outlines the development of critical literacy theory and practice.. Janks' view of diversity as a productive resource for social and cultural transformation speaks to any of us, wherever we live and work."--Literacy, the journal of the UK Literacy Association

"The book offers a mapping of a sphere for action that is thoughtful, hopeful and profoundly practical."--Reading & Writing

"Janks accomplishes what she intended: step by step, one chapter at a time, she refines her interdependent model of critical literacy and clearly explains it to the readers. Her work in strongly grounded in theories and practice. All readers, from administrators to classroom teachers, from teacher educators to graduate students, will benefit from reading this book."--Education Review