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Literacy in Theory and Practice : Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture - Brian V. Street

Literacy in Theory and Practice

Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture

Paperback Published: 18th March 1985
ISBN: 9780521289610
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book challenges conventional theories about literacy, and the practices which often arise from them. It attempts to provide a new perspective through which the variety of literacy practices across different cultures can be viewed and from which the practical issues that arise in specific literacy campaigns and programmes can be approached. Dr Street first examines the explicit theories developed about literacy within different academic disciplines, on the premise that these underlie statements about literacy within development campaigns and in everyday usage. He analyses in detail arguments about the 'technical' and 'neutral' nature of literacy and its supposed 'cognitive' consequences in the work of some psychologists, linguists and social anthropologists. He claims that these amount to a coherent but flawed model that he terms the 'autonomous' model of literacy. Against this he poses an 'ideological' model, one which pays greater attention to the social structure. He attempts to bring together recent shifts in this direction in writings on literacy and to construct a coherent model for further work.

Acknowledgements
Prolegomenon
Introduction
Literacy In Theory
The G++autonomousG++ model: I. literacy and rationality
The G++autonomousG++ model: II. goody
Literacy and linguistics
The G++ideological model
Literacy In Theory And Practice
G++MaktabG++ literacy
G++CommercialG++ literacy
Literacy In Practice
Unesco and radical literacy campaigns
Adult literacy campaigns in the UK and the USA
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521289610
ISBN-10: 0521289610
Series: Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 18th March 1985
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.37  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.41