This article explores the literacy lives of students enrolled in English Composition courses at two open-admission universities in Central Appalachia and the complex role of immediate and extended family members as sponsors of literacy. Some relatives emerge as both sponsors and inhibitors—or perhaps more accurately, sponsors of competing meanings of literacy—and illustrate the larger social forces surrounding literacy in students’ lives.
Webb-Sunderhaus, Sara. “A Family Affair: Competing Sponsors of Literacy in Appalachian Students’ Lives.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, 2007, pp. 5–24, doi:10.25148/clj.2.1.009502.