Interdiscursivity, Gender Identity and the Politics of Literacy in Brazil

  • Izabel Magalhães


Disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and history have debated gender relations in Brazil. If we take sociology, there has been a recent discussion about the redefinition of men’s and women’s social roles. Over the past years, I have examined gender identity in the context of adult literacy. In this chapter, my aim is to discuss the results of my study conducted in two different adult literacy programmes in Portuguese as a mother tongue. Based upon CDA, I investigate voice and interdiscursivity in three different genres, focusing on the ways in which women’s identities are textually mediated in a context of social change. The analysis indicates a co-existence of old and new identities among women across three generation groups, suggesting the need to discuss identity in relation to difference.


Gender Identity Adult Literacy Class Discussion Federal District Local Council 
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