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Affirmative action writing policies: a study of the strategies of minority college students to deal with academic literacy practices

Grant number: 12/01311-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Applied Linguistics
Principal researcher:Angela Del Carmen Bustos Romero de Kleiman
Grantee:Luanda Rejane Soares Sito
Home Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


In Latin America, the XXI century began with the demand and implementation of affirmative action policies in universities aiming to open their doors to students from groups who were historically marginalized, both physically and culturally, from academic spheres. However, this opening imposes paradoxical hypothesis: while, for some people, these students will not be capable of dealing with academic demands, for others, these students will not only be successful, but also able to break with hegemonic discourses and propose new ways of knowledge production. By observing affirmative action experiences in universities in Brazil and Colombia, it is clear that minority students remain in a crossfire between those who do not value their local knowledge and do not believe in their success, and those who trust them to reconfigure the knowledge production space, by being agents of challenge and change. From the perspective of Literacy studies in the field of Applied Linguistics, this PhD project aims to analyze how students who entered the university, through affirmative action policies deal with literacy practices required in the academic sphere. This research uses an ethnographic approach and will analyze a set of data generated in conversation circles, interviews and texts produced by the students, data which will be later triangulated. By comparing policies in Brazil and Colombia, this project fits into the field of multiculturalism, interculturality and affirmative action policies for groups of people who are victims of racism in Latin America. (AU)

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SITO, Luanda Rejane Soares. Affirmative writing. 2016. 295 f. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem Campinas, SP.

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