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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Tamošiūnaitė, Aurelija
Title: Letter writing as a social practice: self-reference to writing in Lithuanian correspondence
Is part of: Lituanus: Lithuanian quarterly journal of arts and sciences, 2014, Vol. 60, nr. 3, p. 31-56
Date: 2014
Keywords: Laiškai;Letters
Abstract: The development of the New Literacy Studies (NLS) since the 1980s has reshaped the understanding and the very notion of literacy. The “social turn” in literacy studies shifted the focus from “the consequences of literacy for society to the study of its uses by individuals and its functions in particular groups.”1 Hence, literacy is no longer viewed as only the ability to read and to write; rather it is perceived as a social practice, i.e., reading and writing (and other) practices are strongly linked with social structures “in which they are embedded and which they help to shape.”2 By focusing on social aspects of literacy practices and events, NLS draws a distinction between vernacular and institutional literacy practices. Vernacular literacy practices are voluntary and learned informally, whereas dominant literacy practices are formal and “defined in terms of the needs of institutions.[...]
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