Writing for Love and Money : How Migration Drives Literacy Learning in Transnational Families

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Writing for Love and Money : How Migration Drives Literacy Learning in Transnational Families

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 243 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780190877316
  • DDC分類 302.2244

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This book tells the story of how families separated across borders write-and learn new ways of writing-in pursuit of love and money. According to the UN, 244 million people currently live outside their countries of birth. The human drama behind these numbers is that parents are often separated from children, brothers from sisters, lovers from each other. Migration, undertaken in response to problems of the wallet, also poses problems for the heart. Writing for Love and Money shows how families separated across borders turn to writing to address these problems. Based on research with transnational families in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and North America, it describes how people write to sustain meaningful relationships across distance and to better their often impoverished circumstances. Despite policy makers' concerns about "brain drain," the book reveals that immigrants' departures do not leave homelands whollyeducationally hobbled. Instead, migration promotes experiences of literacy learning in transnational families as they write to reach the two life goals that globalization consistently threatens: economic solvency and familial intimacy.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction: Literacy Learning in Immigrants' 1 (17)
Homelands
1 What's New about Writing for Love and 18 (15)
Money?
2 Writing for Love and Money on Three 33 (16)
Continents
3 Learning to Log On: From Post to Internet 49 (40)
in Brazil
4 Learning Languages: From Soviet Union to 89 (40)
European Union in Latvia
5 Teaching Homeland Family: Love and Money 129 (28)
in the United States
Conclusion: Migration-Driven Literacy Learning 157 (14)
in Uncertain Times
Afterword: The Mothers 171 (2)
Appendix A Methods Used in Brazil 173 (4)
Appendix B Methods Used in Latvia 177 (18)
Appendix C Methods Used in the United States 195 (2)
Notes 197 (20)
Bibliography 217 (20)
Index 237