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ERIC Number: EJ783658
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
"Every City Has Soldiers": The Role of Intergenerational Relationships in Participatory Literacy Communities
Fisher, Maisha
Research in the Teaching of English, v42 n2 p139-162 Nov 2007
This article examines the role of intergenerational relationships in the lives of experienced poets and writers ("soldiers") and emerging poets and writers in what the author terms Participatory Literacy Communities (PLCs). Drawing from Wenger's (1998) concept of communities of practice, the author uses data from two examples of PLCs--Black bookstore author events and spoken-word poetry "open mics"--to complicate notions of reciprocity and mentoring in the out-of-school literacy practices of people of African descent. Three soldiering traditions are discussed: soldiers as literacy activists and advocates, soldiers as practitioners of the craft, and soldiers as historians of the word. (Contains 1 table and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A