Literacy, education, and inequality: Assimilation and resistance narratives from families residing at a homeless shelter

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dc.contributor.author Jacobs, Mary en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-07T22:08:01Z en
dc.date.issued 2014 en
dc.identifier.citation Critical Questions in Education 5(3):172-188 2014 en
dc.identifier.issn 2327-3607 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39209 en
dc.description.abstract In this article, I draw on data from my qualitative dissertation study of the literacy practices of five families who resided in a homeless shelter to complicate the relationship between literacy, education, and inequality. Homelessness is examined through the lens of sponsorship to under-stand the differential access the families have to powerful sponsors of literacy and how schools and the marketplace may dismiss existing literacies that families use in their everyday lives. Their assimilation narratives reveal that the parents believed strongly in the promise of education to change the life trajectory of their children. Parents engaged in literacy for social and cultural purposes as well as middle class literacy practices that are valued in schools. Despite these attempts to assimilate, the parents and the children in the study did not benefit in significant ways and continually struggled against and resisted deficit perspectives surrounding homelessness and the inner city neighborhoods from which they came. The wide gulf between the official portrait of homelessness, largely defined by statistics and influenced by deficit perspectives, and the counterportraits that illustrate the lived realities of the families suggests educational reform must address the larger context of inequality in the United States. Keywords: family literacy sponsorship, homeless shelter en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Critical Questions in Education en
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dc.title Literacy, education, and inequality: Assimilation and resistance narratives from families residing at a homeless shelter en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 172 en
pubs.volume 5 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Academy for Educational Studies en
pubs.author-url https://academyedstudies.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/jacobsfinal.pdf en
pubs.end-page 188 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 661346 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Curriculum and Pedagogy en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-09-08 en


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