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    Signs of Diaspora - Diaspora of Signs Literacies, Creolization, and Vernacular Practice in African America

    ISBN-10: 0195107691
    ISBN-13: 9780195107692
    Author(s): Grey Gundaker
    Description: 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  More...
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    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 304
    Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.386
    Language: English

    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 divinaton, 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" Practice
    Creolization, Double Voicing, Double Vision
    African Scripts, Graphic Practices, and Contexts of Learning and Use
    Diaspora of Signs: A Transatlantic Network
    Narratives of Literacy Acquisition and Use
    Alternative Modes of Participation with Text and Artifacts of Literacy
    Contrasting and Complementary Scripts and Graphic Signs
    Notes
    References
    Index

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