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'Words of wisdom': text, voice and justice in I, Daniel Blake

Jones, Susan

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Abstract

The film, I, Daniel Blake, has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of the experiences of those attempting to navigate the bureaucracy of the British welfare state system. In this article, I use the depiction of literacy in the film as a lens through which I examine both the role of literacy in compounding the challenge for those already made vulnerable by their circumstances, as well as the creative, collaborative and resourceful ways in which individuals use literacy practices to navigate everyday lives. The release of I, Daniel Blake comes at a time when the threat to social justice posed by austerity politics is becoming an acute reality for many in Britain, and across the globe. I argue for the continued importance, therefore, of the critical examination of the relationship between literacy, inequalities and justice.

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Jones, S. (in press). 'Words of wisdom': text, voice and justice in I, Daniel Blake. Changing English, 24(4), https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2017.1298990

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 18, 2017
Deposit Date Feb 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jun 19, 2019
Journal Changing English
Print ISSN 1358-684X
Electronic ISSN 1469-3585
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2017.1298990
Keywords Literacy; Social justice; Film
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40659
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1358684X.2017.1298990
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Changing English on 18 December 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1358684X.2017.1298990

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