Nexus Analysis

Methods for Analyzing Actions, Materials, & Places

What's on this site? Research Resources for Literacies That Move and Matter (2021)


Read an overview from my research methods book Literacies That Move and Matter.

Nexus Videos

View videos that illustrate methods introduced in the LTMM book.

Inquiry Exercises

Try out step-by-step inquiry exercises (more fully described in the LTMM book).

Useful Websites

Browse websites and online resources that enhance nexus analysis.


Follow screencast demonstrations of nexus analysis research tools.


Find key terms and definitions for core concepts.

What Can You Do with Nexus Analysis?

Nexus analysis is an approach to discourse analysis that critically examines action, bodies, materials, and spaces to reveal how unspoken expectations produce taken-for-granted ways of using bodies and things in a place. These seemingly benign actions that "everyone just knows" how to do signal who gets access and who is able to belong within a particular group. Nexus analysis can unpack how literacy practices contribute to a nexus of practice's patterns of inclusion and exclusion. Literacies include a wide range of meaning-making that goes beyond books and print to include all kinds of creative production such as photos, films, live-action, play, dance, music, art-making, social media, and more. Tools for nexus analysis enable micro-macro examinations that map how expectations materialize in a moment of action through the well-worn ruts that shape our everyday interactions.