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Critical Discourse Analysis of Family Literacy Practices

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  • Donald Z. Osborn
    Although this title does not deal with multilingual literacy, it may be of interest here... DZO Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:14:36 -0400 (EDT) From: Susan.Barker
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2004
      Although this title does not deal with multilingual literacy, it may be of
      interest here... DZO

      Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 10:14:36 -0400 (EDT)
      From: Susan.Barker <Susan.Barker@...>
      Subject: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Family Literacy Practices: Rogers

      Title: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Family Literacy Practices
      Subtitle: Power In and Out of Print

      Publication Year: 2003
      Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

      Author: Rebecca Rogers, Washington University

      Hardback: ISBN: 0805842268, Pages: 232, Price: U.S. $: 59.95
      Paperback: ISBN: 0805847847, Pages: 232, Price: U.S. $: 24.50


      In this groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary book, Rebecca Rogers
      explores the complexity of family literacy practices through an
      in-depth case study of one family, the attendant issues of power and
      identity, and contemporary social debates about the connections
      between literacy and society. The study focuses on June Treader and
      her daughter Vicky, urban African Americans labeled as "low income"
      and "low literate." Using participant-observation, ethnographic
      interviewing, photography, document collection, and discourse
      analysis, Rogers describes and explains the complexities of identity,
      power, and discursive practices that June and Vicky engage with in
      their daily life as they proficiently, critically, and strategically
      negotiate language and literacy in their home and community. She
      explores why, despite their proficiencies, neither June or Vicky sees
      themselves as literate, and how this and other contradictions prevent
      them from transforming their literate capital into social profit. This
      study contributes in multiple ways to extending both theoretically and
      empirically existing research on literacy, identity, and power:

      * Critical discourse analysis. The analytic technique of critical
      discourse analysis is brought into the area of family literacy. The
      detailed explanation, interpretation, and demonstration of critical
      discourse analysis will be extremely helpful for novices learning to
      use this technique. This is a timely book, for there are few
      ethnographic studies exploring the usefulness and limits of critical
      discourse analysis.

      * Combines critical discourse analysis and ethnography. This new
      synthesis, which is thoroughly illustrated, offers an explanatory
      framework for the stronghold of institutional discursive power. Using
      critical discourse analysis as a methodological tool in order to build
      critical language awareness in classrooms and schools, educators
      working toward a critical social democracy may be better armed to
      recognize sources of inequity.

      * Researcher reflexivity. Unlike most critical discourse analyses,
      throughout the book the researcher and analyst is clearly visible and
      complicated into the role of power and language. This practice allows
      clearer analysis of the ethical, moral, and theoretical implications
      in conducting ethnographic research concerned with issues of power.

      * A critical perspective on family literacy. Many discussions of
      family literacy do not acknowledge the raced, classed, and gendered
      nature of interacting with texts that constitutes a family's literacy
      practices. This book makes clear how the power relationships that are
      acquired as children and adults interact with literacy in the many
      domains of a family's literacy lives.

      A Critical Discourse Analysis of Family Literacy Practices: Power In
      and Out of Print will interest researchers and practitioners in the
      fields of qualitative methodology, discourse analysis, critical
      discourse studies, literacy education, and adult literacy, and is
      highly relevant as a text for courses in these areas.

      Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics
      Discourse Analysis

      Written In: English (Language Code: English)

      See this book announcement on our website:
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