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Literacy, Power and Social Justice

Blackledge, Adrian

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ISBN 10: 1858561574 / ISBN 13: 9781858561578
Published by Trentham Books Ltd, Stafforshire, United Kingdom, 2000
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Title: Literacy, Power and Social Justice

Publisher: Trentham Books Ltd, Stafforshire, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Good

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For the families of many minority language children in schools in the English-speaking world, community literacies have special meanings linked with cultural identity. Yet many schools function as if the only language of literacy is the language of the majority group. They send children home with reading books which are in English, and teacher-parent interactions about children’s literacy are conducted in the language of the dominant group. For parents who are neither literate in English, nor proficient in spoken English, schools’ insistence on English as the language of and about literacy brings about a process of dis-empowerment. Those who are unable to play by the cultural and linguistic rules of the dominant majority are denied power in their children's education.Literacy, Power and Social Justice shows how full literacy can be achieved for minority language communities and brings together examples of good practice and recent research. It reports a study of the home literacy practices of Bangladesh families in Birmingham, UK, using the voices of Bangladeshi women as they talk about their young children becoming literate

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Adrian Blackledge is Senior Lecturer in English at Westhill College of Higher Education.

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