Rewriting Literacy: Culture and the Discourse of the Other / Edition 1

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Rewriting Literacy makes a profound contribution to the developing field of literacy studies as it is the first book which seeks to link such disciplines as linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, education, English as a second language, and reading and writing theory.

The chapters in this edited collection, by some of the foremost scholars of the day, all focus on the nature of literacy. Each article brings to light important concerns regarding literacy, concerns which are often ignored by the more traditionally oriented educationalist. The authors illustrate how literacy is embedded in a social and cultural context bringing into question the very nature of what it means to be literate. Each piece highlights, either implicitly or explicitly, the highly political nature of literacy and in doing so approaches the study of literacy from a critical and pedagogical perspective. The body of work presented in this volume is relevant not only to individuals whose main focus is on the area of literacy studies, but to all those concerned about minority disenfranchisement, institutional inequity, and the political, cultural, and social dimensions of education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897892285
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/11/1991
  • Series: Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

CANDACE MITCHELL is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

KATHLEEN WEILER is Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Tufts University.

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Table of Contents

Series Introduction: Literacy, Difference, and the Politics of Border Crossing by Henry A. Giroux


Literacy, Discourse, and Power

What Is Literacy? by James Paul Gee

Discourses of Power, the Dialectics of Understanding, the Power of Literacy by Adrian T. Bennett

The Struggle for Voice: Narrative, Literacy and Consciousness in an East Harlem School by Michele Sola and Adrian T. Bennett

"Gimme Room": School Resistance, Attitude, and Access to Literacy by Perry Gilmore

Multiple Ways of Constructing Reality

The Narrativization of Experience in Oral Style by James Paul Gee

Hearing the Connections in Children's Oral and Written Discourse by Sarah Michaels

Discourse Systems and Aspirin Bottles: On Literacy by James Paul Gee

The Politics of Reading and Writing

The Importance of the Act of Reading by Paolo Friere

The Politics of an Emancipatory Literacy in Cape Verde by Donaldo P. Macedo

Tropics of Literacy by Linda Brodkey

The Construction of School Knowledge: A Case Study by Jan Nespor

Benjamin's Story by Jonathan Kozol

Petra: Learning to Read at 45 by Pat Rigg

Literacy, History, and Ideology

How Illiteracy Became a Problem (and Literacy Stopped Being One by James Donald

Hegomonic Practice: Literacy and Standard Language in Public Education by James Collins

Popular Literacy and the Roots of the New Writing by John Wilinsky


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