Examining the Definition of Literacy in an Awakened Mexican Pueblo Fantasma and Flourishing Pueblo Mágico: A Case Study
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Master of Arts
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Dr. Maria Selena O. Protacio
Dr. Matthew Hoge
Dr. Karen Vocke
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Understanding the facets of literacy through a pluralistic lens is essential in establishing a cross-cultural awareness of the term ‘literacy.’ This paper analyzes an ethnographic qualitative case study which sheds light on how Mexican villagers from an awakened Mexican Pueblo Fantasma (ghost town) and flourishing Pueblo Magico (magical village) define literacy and the implications of their definitions. Through interviews and visual artifacts, namely photographs, the case study demonstrates participants’ definitions and understandings of the term literacy. The photographs utilized support the findings in the participant discourse. They both demonstrate the infrequency and rareness of written text and the functional purposes of reading and writing within the community. Photographs depict a village where oral means of communication supersedes written communication. In the Mexican village of, Mina de Plata, literacy manifests through functional literacy, cultural literacy, and critical literacy.
Sackett, "Examining the Definition of Literacy in an Awakened Mexican Pueblo Fantasma and Flourishing Pueblo Mágico: A Case Study" (2015). Master's Theses. 580.