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Literacy, identity and schooling : a case study of literacy practices of "peasant workers" in northern China

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Literacy, identity and schooling : a case study of literacy practices of "peasant workers" in northern China

Sun, Bo (2004) Literacy, identity and schooling : a case study of literacy practices of "peasant workers" in northern China. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Peasant workers refer to those who were originally doing farm work in rural areas and who have rushed into cities to find more economically rewarding jobs in China. They are marginalized economically, socially and culturally. This thesis provides a qualitative study on the literacy practices of the peasant workers in Northern China. Peasant workers' subjective interpretations of their lives and literacy practices are the main source of data and a phenomenological perspective functions as the theoretical underpinning for data analysis. The author mainly examines the meaning of literacy for peasant workers in the Chinese culture, the relationship of literacy and identity, and the role of schooling in literacy in peasant worker's lives. The thesis concludes that literacy education for peasant workers in China is, by its nature, oppressive, authoritarian and antidemocratic. The author also provides some suggestions to make literacy education more emanicipatory and more empowering.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Sun, Bo
Pagination:vii, 120 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Education
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Cleghorn, Ailie
ID Code:7881
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:09
Last Modified:19 Aug 2011 04:06
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