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The Literacy Learning Experiences of Egyptian Students at the American University in Cairo : At the Intersection of Transnational Dimensionality and Intranational Flow in Literacy Studies

Author:
Austin, James Paul
Degree Supervisor:
Karen Lunsford and Charles Bazerman
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2015
Issued Date:
2015
Topics:
Education
Keywords:
Composition studies
Transnationalism
Transnational literacy studies
Literacy studies
Egypt
American University in Cairo
Genres:
Online resources and Dissertations, Academic
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Education
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
Description:

This study examines the experiences of five Egyptian undergraduate students at the American University in Cairo (AUC) from different educational, class and geographic backgrounds. This study finds that students from public schooling and lower socioeconomic backgrounds arrive at AUC with significant language, literacy and social deficits compared to counterparts from private schooling and high socioeconomic backgrounds. The study considers how participants, based on the backgrounds, become involved with transnational literacy practices in university writing assignments. The study draws upon scholarship in transnational literacy studies, to inflect how New Literacy Studies considers global and local literacies with concepts of capital and positionality drawn from Pierre Bourdieu. The study conceptualizes student educational and class backgrounds as forms of cultural and social capital which, when deployed at AUC, result in differing participant positionality along educational and class lines. Although this distribution creates challenges for students from public schooling backgrounds, the study also finds that a student from a public schooling background exhibited unusually adaptive qualities, resulting in novel approaches to completing a complex literacy task. The study concludes by arguing that transnational literacy studies be extended to account for intranational movements within uniquely configured embedded, hybrid and permeable transnational spaces that serve local interests.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (260 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f33t9fd5
ISBN:
9781339218120
Catalog System Number:
990045865050203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
James Austin
File Description
Access: Public access
Austin_ucsb_0035D_12657.pdf pdf (Portable Document Format)