Social literacies are developed by learning certain social cues according to the surroundings. A social literacy specific to a small town is seeing someone or something which is not from there as an 'outsider.' This same literacy will follow someone whether it be at school or sports. For example, a new student joins a classroom and all the students will observe them from a distance to try and figure them out before engaging with them.
All my life I've grown up in a small town. Therefore I know the outsider literacy which I mentioned earlier very well. I as well as my neighbors will investigate any unusual cars which my drive by our street.
I always check and see if they are stopping or just driving by. Which I believe has lead be to be more analytical than I would have had I grown up in an urban setting.
Which leads me to my next point on how this social literacy can affects students in an academic setting.
Social Literacies and Academics
As mentioned earlier the outsider literacy has made me more analytical. By this I mean I always observe things with finer detail than others might. Being from a small town has also taught me to be independent because I did not always have things within walking distance. I would not depend on teachers to always be there for me when I did not understand something. I would evaluate the problem and try different ways to solve it.