A Family Affair: Competing Sponsors of Literacy in Appalachian Students’ Lives

Sara Webb-Sunderhaus

Abstract


This article explores the literacy lives of students enrolled in English Composition courses at two open-admission universities in Central Appalachia and the complex role of immediate and extended family members as sponsors of literacy in these students’ lives. Some relatives emerged as both sponsors and inhibitors-or perhaps more accurately, sponsors of competing meanings of literacy-and illustrated the larger social forces surrounding literacy in these students’ lives.


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