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Women’s use of health texts in Hawaii.

Cuban, Sondra (2008) Women’s use of health texts in Hawaii. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 27 (3). pp. 255-271. ISSN 1464-519X

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    Abstract

    The researcher analysed two women's uses of popular culture texts on the island of Hawai'i. They read these texts in order to learn about, and manage, their health problems. These vernacular texts were different from the institutional texts that were prescribed to them by their doctors, as well as the commercial ones that were in the literacy programme they attended. Their uses of these self-help texts reflected the staunchly religious community where they lived, as well as the post-welfare society, with pressures to solve their own problems. The researcher used ethnographic methods to learn about these issues. These popular materials provided the women with relaxation and meaning, which fit with their communities of practice. The study points to the value of knowing about learners' social practices for policymaking and the importance of incorporating these types of texts into programmes.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Lifelong Education
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 27 (3), 2008, © Informa Plc
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
    ID Code: 28262
    Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
    Deposited On: 19 Nov 2009 10:24
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 02 Oct 2012 09:35
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28262

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