Literacy and Literacies: Texts, Power, and Identity

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 M05 8 - 217 pages
Literacy and Literacies is a new and engaging account of literacy and its relation to power. The book develops a new synthesis of literacy studies, moving beyond received categories, and exploring the domain of power through questions of colonialism, modern state formation, educational systems and official versus popular literacies. Collins and Blot offer indepth critical discussion of particular cases and discuss the role of literacies in the formation of class, gender, and ethnic identity.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TEXTS POWER AND IDENTITY
1
THE LITERACY THESIS VEXED QUESTIONS OF RATIONALITY DEVELOPMENT AND SELF
9
SITUATED APPROACHES TO THE LITERACY DEBATE
34
LITERACIES AND POWER IN MODERN NATION STATES EUROAMERICAN LESSONS
67
LITERACIES AND IDENTITY FORMATION AMERICAN CASES
99
LITERACY POWER AND IDENTITY COLONIAL LEGACIES AND INDIGENOUS TRANSFORMATIONS
121
CONCLUSION LITERACY LESSONS BEGINNINGS ENDS AND IMPLICATIONS
155
NOTES
177
REFERENCES
187
INDEX
208
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About the author (2003)

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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