Literacy, language, and ideology

This article conceives literacy as a form of cultural policy. It criticizes literacy theories in order to make room for a new approach. It also focuses on literacy campaigns, especially those carried out in former colonies of Africa. Finally, the paper argues that if literacy programs are to adopt a liberating perspective, they must be based on the students' own language.

Literacy; language; ideology


Centro de Estudos Educação e Sociedade - Cedes Av. Berttrand Russel, 801 - Fac. de Educação - Anexo II - 1 andar - sala 2, CEP: 13083-865, +55 12 99162 5609, Fone / Fax: + 55 19 3521-6710 / 6708 - Campinas - SP - Brazil
E-mail: revistas.cedes@linceu.com.br