ERIC Number: ED426592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Literacy, the Self, and Culture: An Enquiry.
A review of literature examines how literacy, self, and culture are related. Diverse representations of "self" are explored, as are their interrelationship with language, culture, and history. Realizing the linguistic and philosophical complexities inherent in defining the self, especially its relationship to the written word, attempts are made to untangle the web of constructs and images in which self is expressed and identified, including interpretive conventions, cultural and cognitive frames of mind, and cultural, metaphoric, and symbolic associations. It is concluded that regardless of how people use literacy, it continues to shape how individuals understand themselves, our world, and others, and it contributes to the creation of a culture. Once conceptualized, the "self" becomes embodied in the texts, symbols, and literate practices of a culture, and in reading and interpreting meaning, it is recreated again. (Contains 90 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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