Review of Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on July 28, 2021 in categoryFacts & Research

For the current issue of Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy, Janet Isserlis, an adult literacy practitioner from Rhode Island, reviews the book Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy.


The book, by Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, studies and explores the changing ways that multilingual migrant women use literacy and language with immigration and resettlement. 

Read an excerpt of the book review here: 

Leonard engages 25 multilingual writers from 17 countries in a qualitative study and explores how multilingual women encounter and navigate other people’s complicated expectations of their abilities and knowledge within English-speaking contexts. The women of varied ages, occupations, and nationalities, whose lives inform the study, share commonalities and differences in their paths and journeys from their home countries to the United States, where the study is based. Through guided and open-ended interviews and conversations, Leonard learns how her participants’ expectations are both met and left unfulfilled as they navigate academic, work and community settings. Participants discuss the range of strategies they have developed within work and academic settings in order to utilize language and literacy to meet the needs and purposes of the contexts in which they find themselves. They describe family expectations and challenges, and articulate how they draw on their own sets of language and literacy use in addition to their concomitant abilities to read and understand culture and cultures. 

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