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Peripheral normativity: Literacy and the production of locality in a South African township school

Blommaert, Jan and Muyllaert, Nathalie and Huysmans, Marieke and Dyers, Charlyn (2005) Peripheral normativity: Literacy and the production of locality in a South African township school. Linguistics and Education, 16 (3). pp. 378-403. ISSN 0898-5898. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: I provided the theoretical and methodological framing for this co-authored paper, which is based on innovative ethnographic fieldwork in a Cape Town township secondary school. Based on a detailed analysis of literacy practices and focusing on 'errors' in writing, we found that literacy in this marginal environment needs to be seen as a relatively autonomous system, oriented towards normative literacy but detached from it since the norm is not accessible for people in that socio-economic and spatial layer of society. This finding challenges theoretical (sociolinguistic) conceptions of literacy as a closed, stratified normative system, and it produces a blueprint for studies in which space, socio-economic features, and school performance are ethnographically blended. It is theoretically innovative.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 16:55
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:16
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