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LRDG seminar: 'You want to know about literacy? Then look, listen, and think about something else' : Alternative approaches, (in)appropriate methods and unexpected outcomes in ethnographic research. Anita Wilson, Lancaster University

Date: 13 November 2007 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

In a recent AHRC-funded project, the remit was to investigate the way that young prisoners 'made their mark' on prison space. Using the broad conceptualisation of 'literacies' as a lens, it became very apparent that 'reading' often involved the interpretation of texts in the widest sense, such as in the visual analysis of bodily marks and postures. 'Writing' was often about technology, such as when toothpaste or shower gel was used to inscribe an air of freshness onto a prison cell. These often highly-personalised practices were subsequently interlinked with a set of photographic images which themselves became a new set of texts, ripe for (re)interpretation and reflection. The combination of close ethnography, a broad view of literacies, and a retrospective analysis of the photographs, opens up fresh insights into the sensory complexities of communicative practice and reveals additional layers of meaning as to what might count as text.

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Organising departments and research centres: Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keyword: Literacy


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