Literacy Practices in Working Life
Per Ledin, Olle Josephson and Anna-Malin KarlssonBased on an abstract for a seminar with the Literacy Research Group, Lancaster University, May 2000, where also Jonas Carlquist participated.
Our project focuses on everyday literacy practices in different workplaces in Sweden. The overall purpose is to describe situated literacies in present-day society, i.e. in a society that is said to be postindustrial, postmodern etc. and that is affected by social changes like individualization, conversonalization, technologization etc. Our general question is: What do people actually read and write at work? A general point of departure is that it in present-day society seems hard to sustain the common view that literacy involves a general and autonomous skill. Rather, we could expect to find all sorts of situated literacies. It is not, however, clear what kind of competences and skills that are present and needed in different workplaces and to what extent they differ.