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Literacy and Literacies: Texts, Power, and Identity

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Literacy and Literacies offers a unique, comprehensive survey of both classical and current (mainly anthropological) literature in the field of literacy studies, combined with in-depth critical discussion of particular cases. It explores questions of power, cultural form, and historical process as they are raised by and developed in studies of literacy, and draws on the history of literacy, critical education studies, and the anthropology of literacy, to develop a new synthesis.
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"Collins and Blot aruge cogently that considerations of history, power, and subjectivity must inform any study of the complexity of orality and its inseperability from writing..... Recommended." Choice
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James Collins is Professor of Anthropology and of Reading at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of Understanding Tolowa Histories: Western Hegemonies and Native American Responses (1998), as well as of book and journal articles.

Richard Blot is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Program in Literacy Studies, Lehman College, City University of New York. He has published in a number of journals, including TESOL Quarterly, Anthropology and Education Quarterly and Latin American Anthropology Review.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: texts, power, and identity 1
2 The literacy thesis: vexed questions of rationality, development, and self 9
3 Situated approaches to the literacy debate 34
4 Literacies and power in modern nation states: Euro-American lessons 67
5 Literacies and identity formation: American cases 99
6 Literacy, power, and identity: colonial legacies and indigenous transformations 121
7 Conclusion: literacy lessons - beginnings, ends, and implications 155
Notes 177
References 187
Index 208
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