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作者 Prinsloo, Mastin
書名 Social Uses of Literacy : Theory and Practice in Contemporary South Africa
出版項 Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1996
©1996
國際標準書號 9789027282996 (electronic bk.)
9789027217950
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說明 1 online resource (287 pages)
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系列 Studies in Written Language and Literacy ; v.4
Studies in Written Language and Literacy
附註 The Social Uses of Literacy: Theory and Practice in Contemporary South Africa -- Editorial page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Acknowledgements -- Nomenclature -- Photographic credits -- Table of contents -- Preface -- Relativism, Romanticism and Relevance - the three Rs -- Relativism -- Romanticism -- Relevance -- Conclusion -- Introduction -- The political context of literacy in South Africa -- The policy context of literacy in South Africa -- Implementing new policy -- The theoretical context of this research -- The New Literacy Studies (NLS) -- The 'literacy myth' and the 'autonomous' model of literacy -- Networks and exchange relationships -- Literacy practices and discourse -- The Social Uses of Literacy (SoUL) research -- Methodology -- Research and practical outcomes -- Apprenticeship learning -- Mediation -- Section 1. Literacies at work -- Chapter 1. Literacy, voter education and constructions of citizenship in the Western Cape during the first democratic national elections in South Africa -- The 'problem of illiteracy' as stumbling block -- Voter education -- Representations of homogeneity and the assertion of difference in voter education workshops -- Not why to vote, but how and where -- Sameness and difference -- Chapter 2. Literacy, knowledge, gender and power in the workplace on three farms in the Western Cape -- Introduction -- Men's work: knowledge and power without reading and writing -- Women's work - literacy without power -- Conclusions -- Note -- Chapter 3. Literacy and communication in a Cape factory -- Management-worker communication: signs and notices -- Worker-management communication: the safety representative system -- Management-worker communication: the bonus system -- Understandings of the bonus system -- Workers' literacy practices: at work -- Literacy education at the factory
Education and mobility at the factory -- Conclusions -- Notes -- Chapter 4. Communicative practices of the service staff of a school -- The discourse of the family -- Allocation of space within the 'family' -- The naming of family members: girls and boys, misters and mistresses -- The family discourse and literacy practices -- The liberal discourse -- The liberal discourse and literacy practices -- The workers' committee -- Literacy practices and the organisation of work -- Conclusions -- Note -- Section 2. Mediating literacies -- Chapter 5. Literacy mediation and social identity in Newtown, Eastern Cape -- The experts writing for 'the other' -- The magistrate's office -- The pharmacy -- The logics of survival -- 'High society' in Newtown -- Local legitimacy as mediator -- Local literacy mediators coming to power -- Implications -- Notes -- Chapter 6. Cultural brokers and bricoleurs of modern and traditional literacies: land struggles in Namaqualand's Coloured reserves -- Local and 'official' literacies and challenges to the hegemony of educated élites -- School versus local, everyday knowledge: a generational conundrum? -- The making of Namaqualand's Coloured reserves and the land tenure struggles of the 1980s -- Letter writing in Namaqualand: brokering bureaucratic messages and inscribing local identities -- Brokering local and official literacies, and forging new political identities -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Chapter 7. Literacy learning and local literacy practice in Bellville South -- Literacy practices and everyday life -- Literacy practices in the neighbourhood -- Pension day as literacy practice -- Funeral services as literacy events -- The discourses of literacy classes -- Literacy, school and development: the successful literacy project -- Literacy and neighbourhood discourse: the 'failed' literacy class -- Implications -- Notes
Chapter 8. 'We can all sing, but we can't all talk': literacy brokers and tsotsi gangsters in a Cape Town shantytown -- Beaming in on Marconi Beam -- Cultural brokers and literate bureaucracies -- Brokering dilemmas of local and bureaucratic literacies -- 'Learning on the job': from herder in Transkei, to policeman in Egoli (Johannesburg), to trade unionist and cultural broker -- Tsotsi identity and the delinking from the politics of the New South Africa -- Notes -- Section 3. Contextualising literacies: policy lessons -- Chapter 9. Literacy, migrancy and disrupted domesticity: Khayelitshan ways of knowing -- The construction of adult illiteracy as a problem -- Ways of knowing -- Background to Khayelitsha -- Doing the research -- Orientations to schooling: roots into the colonial past -- Schooling, religion and identity -- Household literacy and numeracy -- The literacies of schooling -- Leaving school -- Literacies and labour -- Intensifying migrancy, disrupted domesticity and local literacies -- Conclusions -- Notes -- Chapter 10. 'We are waiting/this is our home': literacy and the search for resources in the rural Eastern Cape -- Waiting for resources -- Schooled literacy and the moral economy of the family -- Local literacies and cultural knowledge in Tentergate and Zola -- Literacy as display -- A Zionist church service -- Economic practices -- Conclusions -- Notes -- Chapter 11. Taking literacy for a ride - reading andwriting in the taxi industry -- Introduction -- Discourses about power, violence and exploitation -- Strategies for survival in a world full of literacies -- Official assistance -- Operating illegally -- Support systems -- Informal education -- Coaching by colleagues -- Rank talk -- Trial and error -- Learning by observation and apprenticeship -- Operators' discourses about education, literacy and driving -- Conclusions -- Notes
Chapter 12. Literacy practices in an informal settlement in the Cape Peninsula -- Setting sights on Site 5 -- The literacy practices of an 'illiterate' community leader -- 'It's all right when we're alone': literacy practices and development in Site 5 -- 'Maybe next year we might ... be able to answer back in English': the construction and value of night school literacy -- Articulation versus delivery: implications of the research for the provision of literacy -- Note -- Afterword -- References -- Index
This book details the findings of a research project investigating the social uses of literacy in a range of contexts in South Africa. This approach treats literacy not simply as a set of technical skills learnt in formal education, but as social practices embedded in specific contexts, discourses and positions. What this means is made clear through a series of fine-grained accounts of social uses and meanings of literacy in contexts ranging from the taxi industry in Cape Town, to family farms, urban settlements and displacement sites, rural land holdings, and various sites during the 1994 elections, and among different sectors of South African society, Black, Colored and White.Since the view of literacy presented here is so dependent on context, the book provides not only descriptions of literacy practices but also rich insights into the complexity of everyday social life in contemporary South Africa at a major point of transition. It can be read as a concrete way of understanding the emergence of the New South Africa as it appears to actors on the ground, focused through attention to one central feature of contemporary life - the uses and meanings of literacy. "Using fascinating and carefully documented case-study material, this book raises vital questions about literacy and illiteracy, and about adult education. Above all, it questions the efficacy of any literacy programme which fails to acknowledge the many ways in which uneducated and so called 'illiterate' people already use reading, writing and numeracy in their everyday lives." Jenny Maybin, The Open University, Milton Keynes
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
鏈接 Print version: Prinsloo, Mastin Social Uses of Literacy : Theory and Practice in Contemporary South Africa Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company,c1996 9789027217950
主題 Literacy -- Social aspects -- South Africa.;Adult education -- Social aspects -- South Africa.;Education and state -- South Africa.;Popular education -- South Africa
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Alt Author Breier, Mignonne
Street, Brian
Breier, Mignonne
Street, Brian V
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