Culturally Contested Literacies: America's "Rainbow Underclass" and Urban Schools

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Overview

Culturally Contested Literacies is a vivid ethnographic account of the everyday cross-cultural living and schooling experiences of six culturally-diverse families in urban America. Documenting the ways in which these families learn about literacies and their meanings in relation to schools, inner city environments, and other ethnic groups, Guofang Li's incisive analysis reveals the unique experiences of fractured urban America.

Unlike prior research that fragments various social categories, Culturally Contested Literacies explores the rich complexity within each family as they make sense of their daily relations in terms of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. It then juxtaposes the productions of such familial relations across and within cultural groups with the context of the larger socio-political and socio-economic formations. By presenting a realistic picture of the varying ways that America’s "rainbow underclass" might encounter schooling, Li argues that urban education must be understood in relation to not only the individual’s cultural and familial milieu, but also to the interactive context between the individual and schools.

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"This book contains important insights for individuals interested in urban education, the challenges of immigrant families, and the interrelationship between race, gender, and social class. Highly readable and theoretically based, this book should serve as a model of effective ethnographic research." – CHOICE, September 2008, Vol. 46 No. 1
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415955652
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/24/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 588,226
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Guofang Li is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: America’s 'Rainbow Underclass' and Inner-city Schooling 1. Where the Stories Began: The City and the Families 2. Literacy and Culture in School 3. Being Vietnamese, Becoming Somebody 4. 'We are not African American, We are Sudanese American' 5. Being White, Being the Majority in the Minority 6. Multicultural Families and Multiliteracies: Tensions, Conformity, and Resistance to Urban Schooling 7. Culturally Contested Literacies and the Education of America’s 'Rainbow Underclass'

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    A testament to the power of good research

    I have been recommending Culturally Contested Literacies to colleagues throughout my school system. This book will make you think long and hard about the interactions between your school culture and your student's cultures. Many of the assumptions we make about families in poverty are proven false by this ethnographic study that follows the engaging and eye-opening stories of 6 different families.

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