Word and the World The Cultural Politics of Literacy in Brazil

ISBN-10: 157273891X

ISBN-13: 9781572738911

Edition: 2010

Authors: Lesley Bartlett

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Why do international literacy policies, Freirean critical literacy teachers, and literacy students hold markedly dissimilar beliefs about literacy, and what difference does that divergence make in a literacy classroom? How are the supposed “consequences” of literacy, such as economic development, political empowerment, and human development more broadly, shaped by these understandings, as well as other factors? What are the contradictions and limitations of Freirean, critical literacy philosophies and pedagogies.Drawing on two years of ethnographic research of Brazil, this book examines how cultural politics shape the teaching, learning and uses of literacy. Drawing on the fields of anthropology, comparative and international education, and literacy studies, the author offers a powerful critique of development discourses surrounding literacy even as she contributes a constructive re-imaging of critical literacy and critical pedagogy.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Lesley Bartlett is Assistant Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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