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Literacy and religion : the word, the holy word and the world

Kapitzke, Cushla (1999) Literacy and religion : the word, the holy word and the world. In Wagner, Daniel A., Venezky, Richard L., & Street, Brian V. (Eds.) Literacy : An International Handbook. Westview Press, Boulder, CO., pp. 113-118.

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Abstract

This chapter provides a poststructuralist analysis of the interrelation of literacy and religion. It argues that religious practice is both a mode and product of power/knowledge relations constructed and sustained by symbols (language), artefacts (texts), narratives (theologies), rituals (baptism) and daily routines (family worship). These constitute regimes of rationality through which metaphysical truths generate and justify differential positions on issues of physical and moral concern despite use of the same holy text.

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ID Code: 6578
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Literacy, literacies, religion, religious belief, poststructuralism, oral culture, orality, oral religion, written culture, discourse, Judaism, Christianity, Islam
ISBN: 0813390583
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Westview Press
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:38

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