23 September, 2014
In the article, “Literacy Practices,” the authors, David Barton, and Mary Hamilton analyze literacy on not just a level of reading, and writing but how it is implemented, used, and affected by our daily lives. The authors see literacy as more of a social practice than just an ability that is gained. Barton and Hamilton use several propositions as a framework to build their argument.
According to the authors literacy is best understood as a set of social practices. These literacy practices can be inferred from events, which are mediated by written text. To put it simply “literacy practices are what people do with literacy”. (Barton and Hamilton 22) With literacy being a social practice, it will be affected by social status, and the world around you. There are simple forms of literacy that we all use every day such as reading a red octagonal sign with bold white letters and knowing it means stop. With that being said it makes it apparent that “there are different literacies associated with different domains of life.”(Barton and Hamilton 26) Now within these domains of life another affect takes place. Literacy is then seen on different levels because of the availability to learn, and how strong the the actual relationship with education is. Literacy practices will be “patterned by social institutions and power relationships and some literacies are more dominant, visible and influential than others.”(Barton and Hamilton 27) Literacy practices vary in both strength and occurrence depending on the place in which they happen.
The authors really broke down literacy to what it’s actually used for in our lives. Their argument was clearly supported, and really helped clarify what literacy was for everyone who read this article. Work Cited
Barton, David, and Hamilton, Mary "Literacy Practices." Ethnographic Inquiries in Writing. Tabetha Adkins. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press,2010....
Cited: Barton, David, and Hamilton, Mary "Literacy Practices." Ethnographic Inquiries in Writing. Tabetha Adkins. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press,2010. Pages21-32. Print.
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