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Cross-Cultural Approaches to Literacy : Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture - Brian V. Street

Cross-Cultural Approaches to Literacy

Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture

By: Brian V. Street (Editor)

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Published: 26th November 2004
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Brian Street's volume investigates the meanings and uses of literacy in different cultures and societies. These largely ethnographic essays bring together anthropological and linguistic work written over the past ten years by anthropologists and sociolinguists. Accounts of literacy practices vary from one context to another, and challenge the view that literacy is a single, uniform skill, essential to functioning in a modern society. The conclusions reached will be crucial for future researchers, and of interest to educators, developers and practitioners in the field.

"...the volume on the whole is excellent and can be highly recommended." The Modern Language Journal "This excellent volume...illustrates how widely the use of literacy varies from the popular conception of literacy in Western circles." Studies in Oral and Literate Culture

List of figures and tablesp. ix
List of contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introduction: the new literacy studiesp. 1
The incorporation of literacy into the communicative repertoirep. 23
Conceptions and uses of literacy in a Papua New Guinean villagep. 30
Literacy and feelings: the encoding of affect in Nukulaelae lettersp. 62
The uses of schooling and literacy in a Zafimaniry villagep. 87
Arabic literacy and secrecy among the Mende of Sierra Leonep. 110
Local literacies and national politics: ethnicity, gender and religionp. 135
Literacy and cultural identity in the Horn of Africa: the Somali casep. 143
Gender, language and the politics of literacyp. 156
Literacy development and ethnicity: an Alaskan examplep. 176
The letter and the spirit: literacy and religious authority in the history of the Aladura movement in western Nigeriap. 198
Literacy variation in urban settingsp. 221
Vernacular writing: varieties of literacy among Philadelphia high school studentsp. 228
Collaborative writing: appropriating power or reproducing authority?p. 247
Literacy and social process: a community in transitionp. 272
Code switching and mode switching: community interpreters and mediators of literacyp. 294
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780521401678
ISBN-10: 0521401674
Series: Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66