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ERIC Number: ED359842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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What Do We Mean by "Local Literacies?"
Street, Brian V.
An introductory paper for a British conference addresses some of the problems that arise when literacy education is brought from national and international centers to groups of people whose primary identity is with local languages and literacies. Some questions are raised regarding the reality of international cooperation in literacy, the possible damage to local cultures, and how international cooperation can be promoted in a way that sustains local identity. The notion of multiple literacies is discussed. Three ways to consider "local literacies" are suggested: different languages and writing systems; invented local literacies, often based on or connected with a dominant writing system but signalling for its users a different social identity; and vernacular literacies, or alternative uses of reading and writing within the same language and writing in a culture that is neither elite nor institutional. It is concluded that the issue of local literacies in not a marginal matter but that it is central to any language and literacy program. Contains 33 references. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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