Press: Heinemann; 1 edition (September 16, 1996)
Author Name:Taylor, Denny
"Official documentation" hides human rights violations in this country.
Men, women, and children are incapacitated by legally sanctioned discriminatory practices that occur through the use of bureaucratic texts such as laws, court transcripts, medical reports, insurance policies, and work orders.
Based on a six-year ethnographic study, Toxic Literacies tells the story of: Cindy, who spent years in prison for the possession of one gram of heroin Sam, who spent six years on the streets and could not get help from any official agency Laurie, who at twenty-five had cervical cancer and was crippled by radiation because it was cheaper than surgery Kathryn, who, addicted to crack cocaine, pregnant, and living on the streets, was told she could not have any housing assistance until her baby was born.
Bureaucratic texts control the lives of men and women-Cindy, Sam, Laurie, Kathryn, people we pass on the street every day-living on the margins of American society.
In Toxic Literacies, Denny Taylor explains how we allow this to happen and makes a compelling case for it to stop.
From the Back Cover
Powerfully written, Toxic Literacies is an important, timely book about the ways the welfare system, the criminal justice system, the health care system, and other bureaucracies use official texts to control our lives.
During six years of working closely with men and women living in the margins of society, Denny Taylor learned how official documentation is repeatedly used to hide human rights violations in this country.
It's all in the record.
Men, women, and children are incapacitated by bureaucratic texts.
There is a form for every situation.
On paper every official action can be justified.
About the Author
Denny Taylor has received international recognition for her research and writing.
Her awards include the Mina P.
Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association, the Elva Knight Award from the International Reading Association, and the Richard A.
Meade Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
Her field research is the basis of all her books, including Many Families, Many Literacies: An International Declaration of Principles (Heinemann, 1997) and Toxic Literacies: Exposing the Injustice of Bureaucratic Texts (Heinemann, 1996).
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