Literacy, nation, schooling: Reading (in) Australia

William Green, Phillip Cormack

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In this chapter we focus specifically on reading pedagogy, and more broadly on English teaching and the English subjects, or mother-tongue education, as a significant cultural technology in the formation of subjectivity and the production of a distinctive national imaginary. We are especially concerned here, with issues of citizenship and civic identity, and more specifically with what is described in the Introduction as political culture and civic education. This is because, for us, reading and writing, literacy and literature ('texts'), which lie at the very heart not simply of English teaching but also education and schooling, matter in much more than utilitarian ways and indeed are always-already profoundly social practices. As such, they have an inescapable political dimension.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSchooling and the making of citizens in the long nineteenth century
Subtitle of host publicationComparative visions
Editors Daniel Tröhler, Thomas S Popkewitz, David F Labaree
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780203818053
ISBN (Print)9780415889001
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameRoutledge research in education

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    Green, W., & Cormack, P. (2011). Literacy, nation, schooling: Reading (in) Australia. In D. Tröhler, T. S. Popkewitz, & D. F. Labaree (Eds.), Schooling and the making of citizens in the long nineteenth century: Comparative visions (pp. 240-261). (Routledge research in education ; Vol. 57). Routledge.