Literacy, Emotion and Authority: Reading and Writing on a Polynesian Atoll (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language)

  • Publish Date: 1995-08-25
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Niko Besnier
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In this study Niko Besnier analyzes the transformation of the Polynesian community of Nukulaelae from a nonliterate into a literate society, using a contemporary perspective that emphasizes literacy as a social practice embedded in a socio-cultural context. His case study, which has implications for understanding literacy in other societies, illuminates the relationship between norm and practice, between structure and agency, and between group and individual.



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