Written Literacy Features of Three Puerto Rican Family Networks in Chicago. An Ethnographic Study

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Little study as been done on the Puerto Rican family as the nexus for the Puerto Rican youngster’s cultural experience and literacy. Puerto Ricans are the second largest Latino group in Chicago. Two-thirds of Puerto Ricans in Chicago have not finished high school; they are at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale; and over a quarter of Puerto Rican households receive welfare assistance. This study examines the patterns of language, literacy and learning in Puerto Rican families. It provides a basis for understanding the unique ways in which Puerto Ricans use language in the home, at school, and in other public spheres, and for developing the ‘bridging skills’ necessary to attain genuine multi-literacy.

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Preface: Puerto Ricans at the university gates
1. U. S. Puerto Ricans (History of Puerto Rico; types of colonialism; US imperialism in Puerto Rico; US Puerto Ricans as an internal colony; international patterns of colonization; history and ethnographic present; US Puerto Ricans and US Mexicans)
2. Puerto Ricans in Chicago (migration and socio-economic background; literature about Puerto Ricans in Chicago)
3. What is Literacy
4. Ethnographic Studies
5. Ethnographic Methodology
6. The Homes (Inside and Outside)
7. The Mothers
8. Bilingualism
9. The School
10. The Teachers
11. The Students
12. Implications for the Puerto Rican home and Culture and for Mainstream Schooling and Society
Notes, References; Bibliography

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