Challenging the assumption that access to technology is pervasive and globally balanced, this book explores the real and potential limitations placed on young people’s literacy education by their limited access to technology and digital resources.

Drawing on research studies from around the globe, Stories from Inequity to Justice in Literacy Education identifies social, economic, racial, political and geographical factors which can limit populations’ access to technology, and outlines the negative impact this can have on literacy attainment. Reflecting macro, meso and micro inequities, chapters highlight complex issues surrounding the productive use of technology and the mobilization of multimodal texts for academic performance and illustrate how digital divides might be remedied to resolve inequities in learning environments and beyond.

Contesting the digital divides which are implicitly embedded in aspects of everyday life and learning, this text will be of great interest to researchers and post-graduate academics in the field of literacy education.

chapter 1|12 pages


Moving Stories of Inequity to Stories of Justice
ByJennifer Rowsell, Ernest Morrell

section Section 1|55 pages

Macro Perspectives

chapter 2|19 pages

Searching for Mermaids

Access, Capital, and the Digital Divide in a Rural South African Primary School
ByKerryn Dixon

chapter 3|17 pages

Divided Digital Practices

A Story From Indigenous Australia
ByInge Kral

chapter 4|17 pages


Young People Playing Into Change in Agricultural Colleges in Rural Ethiopia to Address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
ByS.M. Hani Sadati, Claudia Mitchell, Lisa J. Starr

section Section 2|79 pages

Meso Perspectives

chapter 5|16 pages

Reframing the Digital in Literacy

Youth, Arts, and Misperceptions
ByMia Perry, Diane R. Collier, Jennifer Rowsell

chapter 6|23 pages

The Potential of Participatory Literacies to Challenge Digital (Civic) Divides

ByNicole Mirra, Antero Garcia

chapter 7|20 pages

Young People’s Media Use and Social Participation in Hong Kong

A Perspective of Digital Use Divide
ByAlice Y.L. Lee, Klavier J. Wang

chapter 8|18 pages

From Mothballed to Meaningfully Used

Technology in Urban Catholic Schools
ByNathan Wills

section Section 3|54 pages

Micro Perspectives

chapter 9|14 pages

Social Class, Literacies, and Digital Wastelands

Technological Artefacts in a Network of Relations
ByStephanie Jones, Jaye Johnson Thiel

chapter 10|20 pages

Values, Neoliberalism, and the Digital Divide

Nonwhite Media Makers and the Production of Meaning
ByZithri Saleem, Negin Dahya

chapter 11|18 pages

Making It Work in the Global South

Stories of Digital Divides in a Brazilian Context
ByCristiane Manzan Perine, Jennifer Rowsell

chapter |2 pages


ByDonna E. Alvermann