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Literacy

Theses and Dissertations

University of Iowa

2013

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"Get Up And Get On": Literacy, Identity Work And Stories In The Lives Of Families Residing At A Homeless Shelter, Mary Margaret Jacobs May 2013

"Get Up And Get On": Literacy, Identity Work And Stories In The Lives Of Families Residing At A Homeless Shelter, Mary Margaret Jacobs

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In this qualitative research study, I examine the literacy practices of five families who resided in a homeless shelter with attention to the complexity of literacy as it is taken up for fulfilling cultural and social goals within families, neighborhoods, and communities. Literacy is complicated through the lens of literacy sponsorship (Brandt, 2001) to suggest the differential access people have to literacy and the power sponsors have to sanction particular forms of literacy while dismissing existing literacies that families use in their everyday lives, but are undervalued in schools and the marketplace. Data collected from parent interviews and a family ...