Doing cultural studies: What is literacy in the age of the post?

Keyan G. Tomaselli, Nyasha Mboti

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Literacy in the context of cultural studies (CS) in Africa concerns less the ability to read and write than the quotidian practice of doing. This intervention argues that CS as taught and as its texts are imagined, in general terms, is the source of a continuing institutionalized limitation. CS for Africans is first and foremost a lived practice, before it is a discipline or ready-for-study academic subject. We discuss the notion of lived CS to confront a pedagogical issue: how much of CS should be text, and how much 'doing'?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-537
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • doing
  • literacy
  • lived CS
  • text

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies


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