Literacy, identity and citizenship: a rationale for using a New Literacy Studies approach to exploring language and education policy in Pakistan and the UK

Capstick, Tony

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Though few Pakistanis speak Urdu as a mother tongue, it continues to be used as the medium of instruction in government schools: how does this affect the language learning of first, second and third languages? This paper provides a rationale for using a New Literacy Studies approach to researching the literacy practices of Pakistanis as a means of investigating the links between reading and writing and the social structures in which they are embedded. What are the implications for Pakistani emigrants given that the socio-cultural function of language frames beliefs about citizenship? This paper explores this question through the lens of New Literacy Studies as a means of re-conceptualizing literacy as social practice, rooted in conceptions of identity, knowledge and being.

Document type: Lecture
Date: 2008
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 27 October 2008
DDC-classification: Social sciences
Controlled Subjects: Pakistan, Alphabetisierung, Schreib- und Lesefähigkeit, Großbritannien, Einwanderer, Alphabetisierung, Schreib- und Lesefähigkeit
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan , Großbritannien , Einwanderer , Alphabetisierung , Schreibfähigkeit , Lesefähigkeit, Pakistan , United Kingdom , New Literacy Studies , Literacy
Subject (classification): Sociology
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
Additional Information: Vortrag, gehalten auf der 20th ECMSAS, Panel 31: Citizenship and Education in South Asia