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American by paper : how documents matter in immigrant literacy

Author: Kate Vieira
Publisher: Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Reveals how two groups of immigrants who share a primary language nevertheless have very different experiences of literacy in the United States. It describes the social realities facing documented and undocumented immigrants who use everyday acts of writing to negotiate papers - the visas, green cards, and passports that promise access to the American Dream. It is both an ethnography, filled with illuminating  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Vieira
ISBN: 9780816697526 0816697523 9780816697519 0816697515
OCLC Number: 922970616
Description: xiv, 193 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: How documents matter in migrants' lives --
Literacy and assimilation in an age of papers : the view from South Mills --
"American by Paper" : Azorean and Azorean American literacy lives --
Undocumented in a documentary society : Brazilian literacy lives --
"It's not because of the English" : literacy lives of the young --
Conclusion: Lessons learned from transnational lives : towards a sociomaterialist literacy.
Responsibility: Kate Vieira.

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"Reveals how two groups of immigrants who share a primary language nevertheless have very different experiences of literacy in the United States. It describes the social realities facing documented and undocumented immigrants who use everyday acts of writing to negotiate papers - the visas, green cards, and passports that promise access to the American Dream. It is both an ethnography, filled with illuminating details about contemporary immigrant lives, and a critical intervention into two leading - and conflicting - scholarly ideas of literacy and its social role. Although popular thinking and scholarship have viewed literacy as a method of culturally assimilating immigrants to the nation, Kate Vieira finds that upward mobility and social inclusion in the United States are linked to literacy in complex ways. She explains how migrants experience literacy not as a vehicle for assimilation (as educational policy makers often assert) or as a means of resisting oppression (as literacy scholars often hope) but instead as tied up in papers that confer legal status. Papers and literacy are inextricably bound together, both promoting and constraining opportunities, and they shape why and how migrants read and write"--

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"I leave Vieira's book feeling deeply that ours is a crazy system: Why keep piling documents on top of documents, making of them a wall to the world? Why should migrants-people-have to choose between Read more...

 
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