Reading and the reading class in the twenty-first century

Wendy Griswold*, Terry McDonnell, Nathan Wright

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Sociological research on reading, which formerly focused on literacy, now conceptualizes reading as a social practice. This review examines the current state of knowledge on (a) who reads, i.e., the demographic characteristics of readers; (b) how they read, i.e., reading as a form of social practice; (c) how reading relates to electronic media, especially television and the Internet; and (d) the future of reading. We conclude that a reading class is emerging, restricted in size but disproportionate in influence, and that the Internet is facilitating this development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-141
Number of pages15
JournalAnnual Review of Sociology
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 19 2005

Keywords

  • Cultural practice
  • Culture
  • Literacy
  • Media use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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