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ERIC Number: EJ762274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0161-7761
Modernity, Prestige, and Self-Promotion: Literacy in a Papua New Guinean Community
McKeown, Eamonn
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v37 n4 p366-380 Dec 2006
In this article, I examine patterns of literacy use in the daily life a rural community in the Papua New Guinea highlands. It is demonstrated that many of these practices do not correspond to the ways in which agencies responsible for imparting literacy, particularly the local school, intend. Instead, village concepts of prestige, chance, and reciprocity are influential in shaping literacy practices, and the uses are governed by local associations and preoccupations with modernity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea