Book Review: Numeracy as social practice. Global and local perspectives. Keiko Yasukawa, Alan Rogers, Kara Jackson, & Brian V. Street (Eds.) (2018) Numeracy: the new kid on the block?
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This volume, edited by Keiko Yasukawa, Alan Rogers, Kara Jackson, and Brian V. Street, uses the theoretical development from “The New Literacy Studies” towards “Literacy as Social Practice” (p. 10), and applies its core characteristics to a notion of Numeracy as Social Practice. In explaining the core theoretical background, the editors rely on Street’s criticism of the traditional assumption that literacy would autonomously have effects on other social and cognitive practices (the autonomous model of literacy). According to Street, literacy is not neutral or universal, but is a social practice and thus part of power relations. He claims that in the past, numeracy was often presented as pure and separate from contexts, being culture- and value-free. The notion of literacy as a social practice has now spread to numeracy, which is considered in this edited volume as a social practice, contextualized, and embedded in overarching, ideological power relations.
Chapter 1, “Mapping the...
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