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Maria Lucia Castanheira: The changing relationship between local and global literacies: Tracing changes in literacy practices in a Brazilian metropolitan neighbourhood between 1988 and 2010

Date: 22 June 2010 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Venue: Institute for Advanced Studies Meeting Room 1

In this presentation, I discuss the possibilities of examining the connections between local and global literacies through contrasting data from two ethnographic studies on literacy practices in a Brazilian metropolitan neighbourhood (Palmares). In one of these studies, developed in the late 80s, I examined the opportunities that preschool children had to engage with writing in their daily activities. This study involved participant observation in and out of school sites, interviews with children, their parents, teachers and school administrators. In 2009, adopting the same research perspective, I returned to this neighbourhood and re-entered the Field, where it was possible to re-encounter many of the previous research participants. The families have different configurations now and a new generation is engaging with new literacy practices. Contrasting data from these two studies, I aim to identify changes that have taken place over the years and to examine the implications of these changes for the meanings of literacy and the changing relations of local and global, for such people.

Maria Lucia Castanheira, CEALE / School of Education, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy


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