Gee's Literacy

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Gee's Literacy

Post  kathrynad on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:55 am

Before Gee simply defines literacy he starts out by defining a few other words first. One of those words being discourse. He defines discourse as a socially acceptable association among ways of using language, of thinking, and of acting that can be used to identify oneself as a member of a socially meaningful group or a social network. Gee is saying that there are many different ways to be literate depending on the social group you are in or the members of that group. Gee also describes literacy as an identity kit that comes with instructions on how to talk and act. These two terms can be linked together because the identity kit is telling you how to talk while discourse is saying that the social group you are in determines how you should talk and act. There are many ways to be literate, it all just depends where you are and who you are with.

This didn’t change my understanding of literacy because based on the other readings that we have had, it became clear that literacy is based on not only how we talk but also how we think and how it relates to the situation around us. This definition also relates to the previous assignment that we had to do because in that assignment we had to discuss our own specialized language and that language was based on the situation we were put into, along with the people we were around. The specialized language assignment confirms Gee’s definition of literacy because it is true that literacy depends on the social group you are put into.


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