Women and Literacy: Moving to Power and Participation: Women's Studies Quarterley

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In a world dominated by information technologies, more than half of the planet’s women are illiterate. And over the last 25 years, the gender-gap in literacy—in print, technology, health, economics and politics—has only grown. Here, students and practitioners from adult education and women’s studies raise important questions about literacy, identity and power. From prison education to refugee advocacy, contributors offer analyses of how women’s literacy affects their families and communities, and ultimately contributes to knowledge-production and social change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558614727
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial 6
Literacy/Literacies: Meanings, Theories, and Practices
Literacy Practices: An Alternative Definition for Women-Focused Institutions, Pedagogy, and Research 28
The Meanings of Literacy: A Participatory Action Research Project Involving Women with Disabilities 43
Literacy Groups in Ghana: Liberation with Limitation 59
Rethinking Adult Literacy Training: An Analysis Through a Third World Feminist Perspective 73
Reading/Writing: Survival, Health, and Well-Being
Stories of Women, Words, and Well-Being: The Effect of Literacy on Women's Health 90
"My Way Out of This Life is an Education" 100
Spaces of Possibility: The Place of Writing in Urban Drug Treatment 115
"But Is It Education"? The Challenge of Creating Effective Learning for Survivors of Trauma 130
Functions/Freedoms: Work, Welfare, and Identity
Designing Women: Gender and Power in Welfare-to-Work Educational Programs 147
"But I Have a Bigger Future Than I Thought": The Voices of Student Parents after Welfare Reform 163
Multiple Literacies and Identities: The Experiences of Two Women Refugees 179
Learning Community: Popular Education and Homeless Women 196
Literacy as Illuminated By Literature and Poetry
Toward a New Learning System: A Freirean Reading of Sapphire's Push 213
P.iled h.ip D.eep (poetry) 224
Literacy at City Tech (poetry) 225
Literacy Through Poetry: A Pilot Project for Women in the Republic of Yemen 226
Sheherazad (poetry) 244
Sleeping dreams (poetry) 246
Things to Write With (prose) 248
Her Mother's Quiet Houses (poetry) 256
Pedagogical Concerns, Resources, and Book Reviews
Annotated Bibliography: Women and Literacy 258
Building Literacy into Courses: Syllabus and Pedagogical Considerations 272
Literacy as Snake Oil: Beyond the Quick Fix 285
Madeline Arnot's Reproducing Gender? Essay on Educational Theory and Feminist Politics 288
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