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Reading alone can be lonely: physical reading environments as social spaces
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9309-2343
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports a qualitative study of reading practices which identified an underexplored factor in reading behaviour and experience - the sheer physical presence and concurrent activity of other people in the environment where individuals engage in silent reading. It demonstrated how solitary silent reading is subject to social contingencies at a physical, embodied level. Student focus groups in six European countries were interviewed on how they select and experience generic (e.g. indoors vs.outdoors) as well as specific (e.g. homevs. library) reading environments, in relation to what (genre), why (purpose),and how (device) they read. Across all samples, participants spontaneously attested to varied forms of sensitivity to physical company and social space in their daily efforts to align body with mind for reading. Contrary to common assumptions, participants did not prefer or require solitude and privacy for reading, and few reported being indifferent to their immediate social surroundings.The paper will focus on these emergent trends and discuss their implications for educational practice.

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2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-159790OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-159790DiVA, id: diva2:1245758
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54th UKLA International Conference, Literacies in a changing world: creativity, criticality, empowerment, Cardiff, UK, July 6-8, 2018
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2019-04-10Bibliographically approved

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