Writing, Identity and Voice in Central Africa
By (author) Jan Blommaert
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Grassroots Literacy by Jan Blommaert
Book DescriptionWhat effect has globalization had on our understanding of literacy? Grassroots Literacy seeks to address the relationship between globalization and the widening gap between 'grassroots' literacies, or writings from ordinary people and local communities, and 'elite' literacies. Displaced from their original context to elite literacy environments in the form of letters, police declarations and pieces of creative writing, 'grassroots' literacies are unsurprisingly easily disqualified, either as 'bad' forms of literacy, or as messages that fail to be understood. Through close analysis of two unique, handwritten documents from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan Blommaert considers how 'grassroots' literacy in the Third World develops outside the literacy-saturated environments of the developed world. In examining these documents produced by socially and economically marginalized writers Blommaert demonstrates how literacy environments should be understood as relatively autonomous systems. Grassroots Literacy will be key reading for students of language and literacy studies as well as an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in understanding the implications of globalization on local literacy practices.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415426305
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jan Blommaert
State Ideology and Language in Tanzania, Paperback (July 2014)
A case study on Tanzania highlighting the theoretical and methodological approaches in sociolinguistics. It focuses on the influence of Ujamaa ideology on Swahili's formation, treatment, and implementation. It features updates to the discussions of code-switching and language policies and ideologies.
Ethnography, Superdiversity and Linguistic Landscapes, Paperback (August 2013)
Superdiversity has rendered places, groups and practices complex and the usual tools of analysis need rethinking. Using an innovative approach to linguistic landscaping, the author investigates his own neighbourhood from a complexity perspective and demonstrates how multilingual signs can be read as chronicles documenting the histories of a place.
Dangerous Multilingualism, Hardback (November 2012)» View all books by Jan Blommaert
Focuses on the endangering effects of language-ideological processes. This book looks at the challenges imposed by globalization and super-diversity on the nation state and its language situations and ideologies, and demonstrates how many of its problems rise from the tension between late-modern diversity and the (pre-)modernist responses to it.
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Author Biography - Jan Blommaert
Jan Blommaert is Distinguished Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, as well as Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at Tilburg University. His publications include Debating Diversity (co-author, Routledge, 1998), Language Ideological Debates (editor, 1999) and Discourse: A Critical Introduction (author, 2005).
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