By Jan Blommaert
What impression has globalization had on our knowing of literacy? Grassroots Literacy seeks to deal with the connection among globalization and the widening hole among ‘grassroots’ literacies, or writings from traditional humans and native groups, and ‘elite’ literacies.
Displaced from their unique context to elite literacy environments within the kind of letters, police declarations and items of artistic writing, ‘grassroots’ literacies are unsurprisingly simply disqualified, both as ‘bad’ types of literacy, or as messages that fail to be understood. via shut research of 2 detailed, handwritten records from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan Blommaert considers how ‘grassroots’ literacy within the 3rd global develops open air the literacy-saturated environments of the constructed international. In reading those files produced by means of socially and economically marginalized writers Blommaert demonstrates how literacy environments could be understood as fairly self sustaining systems.
Grassroots Literacy may be key studying for college kids of language and literacy experiences in addition to a useful source for somebody with an curiosity in figuring out the consequences of globalization on neighborhood literacy practices.