Migrants and Literacy Crises

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dc.contributor.author Holm, Lars
dc.contributor.author Laursen, Helle Pia
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-07T04:28:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-07T04:28:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Holm, Lars & Laursen, H.P. (2011). Migrants and Literacy Crises. Apples – Journal of Applied Language Studies Vol. 5, 2, p. 3-16
dc.identifier.issn 1457-9863
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/36768
dc.description.abstract International comparisons of levels of literacy have in some countries been interpreted as an indication of a prevailing literacy crisis that demands political actions to avoid negative impact on national competitiveness, democracy, and coherence. Special attention is focused in the Danish crisis discourse on literacy as a reading competence and on migrants who, in particular, have become symbols of the crisis. In this article, the values and beliefs embedded in the political actions taken in the wake of the literacy crisis are analysed and the implications of the functionally based discursive construction of the literacy crisis for migrants are discussed. Based on an understanding of literacies as historically situated practices and value systems it is argued that the construction of the Danish literacy crisis can be seen as an ideological phenomenon aimed at changing pedagogical and educational values and practices. In addition, the specific construction of the literacy crisis leads to an increased pressure on migrants to adjust and adapt to a monolingual standard of literacy, and to certain valued literacy practices. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä
dc.relation.ispartofseries Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies
dc.relation.uri http://apples.jyu.fi
dc.rights © 2011: The authors
dc.subject.other literacy fi
dc.subject.other literacy crisis fi
dc.subject.other functional literacy fi
dc.subject.other migrants fi
dc.subject.other siirtolaiset fi
dc.subject.other lukutaito fi
dc.subject.other kirjoitustaito fi
dc.title Migrants and Literacy Crises fi
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011100711507
dc.subject.kota 612
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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