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Signs of Diaspora / Diaspora of Signs : Literacies, Creolization, and Vernacular Practice in African America - Grey Gundaker

Signs of Diaspora / Diaspora of Signs

Literacies, Creolization, and Vernacular Practice in African America

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Published: 1st January 1998
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Challenging monolithic approaches to culture and literacy, this book looks at the roots of African-American reading and writing from the perspective of vernacular activities and creolization. It shows that African-Americans, while readily mastering the conventions and canons of Euro-America, also drew on knowledge of their own to make an oppositional repertoire of signs and meanings. Distinct from conventional script literacy on the one hand, and oral culture on the other, these "creolized" vernacular practices include writing in charms, use of personal or nondecodable scripts, the strategic renunciation of reading and writing as communicative tools, and writing that is linked to divination, trance, and possession. Based on extensive ethnographic research in the Southeastern United States and the West Indies, Gundaker offers a complex portrait of the intersection of "outsider" conventions with "insider" knowledge and practice.

Introduction: "Conventional" Literacy and "Vernacular" Practicep. 3
Creolization, Double Voicing, Double Visionp. 15
African Scripts, Graphic Practices, and Contexts of Learning and Usep. 33
Diaspora of Signs: A Transatlantic Networkp. 63
Narratives of Literacy Acquisition and Usep. 95
Alternative Modes of Participation with Text and Artifacts of Literacyp. 123
Contrasting and Complementary Scripts and Graphic Signsp. 163
Notesp. 201
Referencesp. 237
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780195107692
ISBN-10: 0195107691
Series: Commonwealth Center Studies in American Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.31 x 16.36  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.62