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Broken promises: A novel’s impact on shaping youth identity
Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.
Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.
2015 (English)In: Reading & Writing, ISSN 2079-8245, E-ISSN 2308-1422, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 1-8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In many emerging economies worldwide, and in South Africa in particular, sizeable investments have been made in education with the hope of increasing literacy rates and hence producing a workforce that will fit into the job market. Thus it is important to understand the context and literacy materials within South African classrooms and their impact. This article looks at the novel Broken promises by Roz Haden, which is read in many South African classrooms. From a post-structural feminist theory and functional language theory, we analyse how the portrayal of characters and storyline can have an impact on young readers' identity construction in relation to the novel's predominant discourses. The findings show that men are still portrayed as dominant in their own right within society whereas women are defined in relation to men. Unchallenged, this portrayal can continue to perpetuate gendered stereotypes, which would affect young people's functionality in society. We therefore argue that while novels are good for improving literacy among young people, the messages they contain should be deconstructed and challenged so that young people can make informed decisions regarding their gender identities.

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Sabinet African Journals (SA ePublications) , 2015. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 1-8
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158709DiVA, id: diva2:1314202
Available from: 2019-05-07 Created: 2019-05-07 Last updated: 2019-05-08Bibliographically approved

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