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Syncretism as a creative act of mind: The narratives of children from four faith communities in London

Gregory, Eve E.; Lytra, Vally; Choudhury, Halimun; Ilankuberan, Arani; Kwapong, Amoafi and Woodham, Malgozarta. 2013. Syncretism as a creative act of mind: The narratives of children from four faith communities in London. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 13(3), pp. 322-347. ISSN 1468-7984 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In this paper, we illustrate how young children from four faith communities (Tamil Hindu/Saiva, Bangladeshi Muslim, Polish Catholic and Ghanaian Pentecostal) new to London bring together and juxtapose an array of different languages, literacies, learning and discourse styles, communicative resources and experience to create unique per- sonal narratives. We draw on the concepts of syncretism and syncretic literacy to examine and interpret the creative and transformative processes in which children engage, and to show how children combine and ultimately make sense of faith and everyday experiences.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1468798412453151

Keywords:

syncretism; faith; language and literacy learning; narratives; migration

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
July 2013Published

Item ID:

8093

Date Deposited:

24 May 2013 08:25

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 09:31

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8093

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