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Private Practices : Girls Reading Fiction And Constructing Identity - Meredith Cherland

Private Practices

Girls Reading Fiction And Constructing Identity

Hardcover Published: 13th October 1994
ISBN: 9780748402250
Number Of Pages: 242

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The study of literacy no longer focuses solely on psychological processes. In the past, literacy has been reconceptualized as a social practice, or rather as social practices which make up daily life. Private Practices examines the broad fictional reading of middle class pre-teen girls in ethnographic detail, and describes the place of literacy, both at home and at school, in the construction of gender.; The book provides evidence to support its central assumption: gender is a cultural and social construction, not a biological given. Gender is something people create whilst interacting with each other in all activities of their daily lives, including their literacy activities. The text also provides critical analysis and commentary concerning the role that reading fiction plays in cultural reproduction. In the hope that deeper knowledge of literacy as social practice will support social transformation and eventually social justice, the book suggests reasons for the fact that girls read more fiction and different fiction than boys. Private Practices concludes with a discussion of alternative pedagogies that imply more egalitarian values, highlighting the importance of using a cultural lens to create useful perspectives on the problems surrounding literacy and social equality in the 1990S.

Series Editor's Preface
A Constructed Worldp. 1
Gender Practices: The Cultural Reproduction of Gender in Oak Townp. 29
Literacy Practices: The Reproduction of Gendered Readingp. 69
Instructional Practices: Gender and Reading at Schoolp. 105
Identity Practices: Reading Fiction and Constructing a Gendered Subjectivityp. 157
Private Lessonsp. 191
Referencesp. 215
App A: Methodology for the Studyp. 223
App B: Fiction and Videos Mentioned in the Textp. 229
App C: Descriptions of Notecardsp. 233
Indexp. 239
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780748402250
ISBN-10: 074840225X
Series: Critical Perspectives of Literacy and Education
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 13th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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