Literacies across sponsorscapes: mobilising notions of literacy sponsorship

Anna Smith, Autumn J. West, Sarah J. McCarthey

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Building from the concept ‘sponsors of literacy', the authors revisit three empirical studies to argue for mobilising notions of sponsorship beyond fixed conceptions of individual sponsors and literacy to lifewide perspectives that take into account sponsoring relations across the broader learning lives of youth. The authors take up the theoretical heuristic ‘sponsorscapes' as a lens for attending to the dynamically networked, reciprocal and human-material dimensions of literacy practices. With cases drawn from across settings and research foci, including middle school students in a classroom setting, high school-aged youth across contexts and a participant-researcher's interactions with a college student, the authors argue that attending to sponsorscapes can contribute critical insight into the emergent, diverse and valued literacies and sponsorship thriving across lifewide learning pathways, while recognising learners' agentive roles in investing, resisting and sponsoring literacies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • literacy sponsorship
  • materiality
  • mobilities
  • sponsors of literacy
  • sponsorscapes
  • technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics


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