Becoming literate, being human: Adult literacy and moral reconstruction in Botswana

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This article draws on ethnographic research to examine relationships between literacy and identity for newly literate men and women in the southern African country of Botswana. Situating beliefs about literacy in the intersection of evangelical missionary discourse, colonial-era labor practices, and modernity rhetoric, I argue that literacy is attributed with the power to transform oneself and describe an adult learning community that based pedagogy in these shared beliefs about literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-464
Number of pages21
JournalAnthropology and Education Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008



  • Adult education
  • Ethnographic research
  • Literacy practices
  • Southern Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology

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