Multilingual Literacies

Multilingual Literacies : Reading and writing different worlds

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The research in this unique collection lies at the interface between the fields of bilingualism and literacy. It deepens our understanding of the significance of reading and writing as social practices and opens up new lines of inquiry for research on multilingualism. The authors incorporate theoretical and methodological insights from both fields and provide detailed accounts of everyday practices of reading and writing in different multilingual settings. The focus is primarily on linguistic minority groups in Britain and on the language and literacy experiences of children and adults in rural and urban communities. Together, the chapters of the volume build up a rich and illuminating picture of specific ways in which literacy is bound up with cultural practices and with different ways of seeing the world. They also address fundamental questions about the relationship between language, literacy and power in multi-ethnic more

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  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 144.8 x 221 x 25.4mm | 567g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110257
  • 9781588110251

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. Contributors; 3. List of Figures; 4. List of Tables; 5. Foreword (by Barton, David); 6. INTRODUCTION; 7. Multilingual literacies (by Martin-Jones, Marilyn); 8. 1. Literacy events and literacy practices: theory and practice in the New Literacy Studies (by Street, Brian); 9. I. CHILDREN'S WORLDS OF LITERACY: HOME, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY; 10. 2. Work or play? 'Unofficial' literacies in the lives of two East London communities (by Gregory, Eve); 11. 3. Power relations and the social construction of 'literacy' and 'illiteracy': the experience of Bangladeshi women in Birmingham (by Blackledge, Adrian); 12. 4. Learning to read and write at home: the experience of Chinese families in Britain (by Ran, An); 13. 5. Language, literacy and world view (by Edwards, Viv K.); 14. 6. Language and literacy practices in Gujarati Muslim families (by Sneddon, Raymonde); 15. 7. Children writing in a multilingual nursery (by Kenner, Charmian); 16. II. TEXTS, IDENTITIES AND ADULT WORLDS; 17. 8. Enterprising women: Multilingual literacies in the construction of new identities (by Martin-Jones, Marilyn); 18. 9. Writing switching in British Creole (by Sebba, Mark); 19. 10. Mediators and mediation in multilingual literacy events (by Baynham, Mike); 20. 11. Texts, mediation and social relations in a bureaucratised world (by Jones, Kathryn E.); 21. III. CREATING SPACES FOR MULTILINGUAL LITERACIES IN LOCAL COMMUNITY CONTEXTS; 22. 12. Languages and literacies for autonomy (by Gurnah, Ahmed); 23. 13. Gender, literacy and community publishing in a multilingual context (by Alam, Yasmin); 24. IV. RESEARCHING LANGUAGES AND LITERACIES IN THEIR SOCIAL CONTEXTS; 25. 14. Taking account of history and culture in community-based research on multilingual literacy (by Saxena, Mukul); 26. 15. Photography in collaborative research on multilingual literacy practices: images and understandings of researcher and researched (by Hodge, Rachel); 27. 16. Constructing a critical, dialogic approach to research on multilingual literacy: participant diaries and diary interviews (by Jones, Kathryn E.); 28. AFTERWORD; 29. Multilingual literacies, literacy practices, and the continua of biliteracy (by Hornberger, Nancy H.); 30. Bibliography; 31. Indexshow more