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Literacy and Development

Ethnographic Perspectives, 1st Edition

By Brian V. Street


238 pages

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Literacy and Development is a collection of case studies of literacy projects around the world.

The contributors present their in-depth studies of everyday uses and meanings of literacy and of the literacy programmes that have been developed to enhance them. Arguing that ethnographic research can and should inform literacy policy in developing countries, the book extends current theory and itself contributes to policy making and programme building.

A large cross-section of society is covered, with chapters on Women's literacy in Pakistan, Ghana, and Rural Mali, literacy in village Iran, and an 'Older Peoples' Literacy Project.

This international collection includes case studies from: Peru, Pakistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Mali, Nepal, Iran, Eritrea, Ghana.


'Brian Street is to be commended for providing this collection of ethnographic studies, they are all informed by recent research and possess a unity of perspective.' - Dennis Malone, The Linguist

'The book raises useful questions of research and application for those studying literacy in relation to development … As a book that was short-listed for the best publication in 2002 by the British Association for Applied Linguistics, this collection has earned a well-deserved place in the burgeoning literature on critical literacy.' - A. Suresh Canagarajah, The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

About the Author

Brian Street is Professor of Language in Education at King's College, London, and Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Literacy in Theory and Practice, Cross-cultural Approaches to Literacy, and Social Literacies.

About the Series


This series showcases innovative research and scholarship in the field of Literacy Studies.

Literacy practices are changing rapidly in contemporary society in response to broad social, economic and technological changes: in education, the workplace, the media and in everyday life. The Literacies series reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research into reading and writing. The series aims to publish studies which consider literacy as a social practice. Work in this field has been developed and drawn together to provide books that are accessible, interdisciplinary and international in scope, covering a wide range of social and institutional contexts.  

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General