I understand literacies as sociocultural practices, as skills and abilities that allow communication and participation in society and culture. My approach combines recent theoretical developments in the field of sociolinguistics, media studies, and literacies. This perspective is heavily influenced by what Gee ( 1996) calls the "new" literacy studies. Human practices are meaningful ways of doing things. Practice, production, distribution, exchange, refinement, negotiation, contestation of meaning.
AS Knoble and Lankshear states, "There is no practice without meaning, just as there is no meaning outside practice." "there is no one singular phenomenon that is literacy. Rather, there are many literacies...."