The very first book ever written investigating grassroots literacy in the context of Asbestos Activism in South Africa
Grassroots Literacy and the Written Record
A Textual History of Asbestos Activism in South Africa
Aims and Scope
This book examines how asbestos activists living in remote rural villages in South Africa activated metropolitan resources of representation at the grassroots level in a quest for justice and restitution for the catastrophic effects on their lives caused by the asbestos industry.
- MULTILINGUAL MATTERS
- asbestos; asbestosis; grassroots activism; grassroots literacy; paperwork studies; sociolinguistics of globalization; environmentalism of the poor; asbestos activism
This is a richly detailed and illuminating study of asbestos activism in South Africa. The author’s commanding approach helps us see that justice is served, and denied, not only by control over knowledge but also by control over the modalities of participation in knowledge production and the uneven status, distribution, exchange, and circulation of these between and among periphery and metropolis.
Trimbur demonstrates the transformative power of grassroots literacy in mobilizing the poor and resisting big industries. He merges activism with analytical rigor – adopting a creative style layered with the personal, narrative, and theoretically nuanced – to leave us with a text that will inspire us for similar forms of political engagement and academic relevance.