Toxic Literacies: Exposing the Injustice of Bureaucratic Texts
Nominated for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award by the publisher.
“Official documentation” hides human rights violations in this country. Men, women, and children are incapacitated by legally sanctioned discriminatory practices that occur through the use of bureaucratic texts such as laws, court transcripts, medical reports, insurance policies, and work orders. Based on a six-year ethnographic study.