TITLE

"LET THE GIRLS DO THE SPELLING AND DAN WILL DO THE SHOOTING": LITERACY, THE DIVISION OF LABOR, AND IDENTITY IN A RURAL APPALACHIAN COMMUNITY

AUTHOR(S)
Puckett, Anita
PUB. DATE
July 1992
SOURCE
Anthropological Quarterly;Jul92, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p137
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Using an ethnography of discourse approach, this article argues that literate interactions in a rural eastern Kentucky community are strongly linked to symbolic values assigned to self through the gender-based division of reading and writing labor. Noting that literate practices are God-given attributes of women's "nature," it describes how literate interactions provide contexts in which a woman can negotiate her social, religious, and cultural identity. What constitutes acceptable literate forms is culturally constrained by a tension between maintaining "country" values while assimilating those "proper" women's literate forms which augment, rather than replace, oral forms. Men's identities are not linked to these literate practices, creating minimal or non-literate behavior. These cultural constructs of literacy affect both men's and women's behavior in classroom, workplace, or urban interfacing situations, affecting mobility problems.
ACCESSION #
9209213009

 

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