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ERIC Number: EJ1068871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Performance and Apprehension of the Mass in an Urban Catholic School: Strategy, Liturgy, Capital
LeBlanc, Robert Jean
Written Communication, v32 n3 p254-285 Jul 2015
This article examines students' literacy practices during Mass and other Catholic religious services in a multilingual, multiethnic urban Catholic school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It discusses three dimensions of their literacy practice: (a) how parents, teachers, and priests draw on the tradition of Catholic schooling and ritual to structure what constitutes literacy during Mass; (b) how students use body posture and performative orientations to the text of the liturgy to engage in these structured practices; and (c) how students strategically use these performative literacy practices for advantage and social positioning. These results invite complicating what literacy practices are valued in contemporary urban Catholic school and how opportunities to draw on these literacy practices are unequally distributed among students for unequal gain.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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