High School Students' Competing Social Worlds: Negotiating Identities and Allegiances in Response to Multicultural Literature

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Overview

This book examines how working-class high school students' identity construction is continually mediated by discourses and cultural practices operating in their classroom, school, family, sports, community, and workplace worlds. Specifically, it addresses how responding to cultural differences portrayed in multicultural literature can serve to challenge adolescents' allegiances to status quo discourses and cultural models, and how teachers not only can rouse students to clarify and change their value stances related to race, class, and gender, but also provide support for and validation of their self-interrogation.

Highlighting the influence of sociocultural forces, the book contributes to understanding the role of institutions in shaping adolescents' lives, and identifies needs that must be addressed to improve those institutions. Current theory and research on critical discourse analysis, cultural models theory, and identity construction are meshed with specific applications of that theory and research to case-study profiles and analysis of classroom discussions. The instructional strategies described enable pre-service and in-service teachers to develop their own literature curriculum and instructional methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805858549
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/23/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
Constructing Mediated Identities across Different Social Worlds     1
The Social Worlds Constituting Students' Identities     35
Responding to the Influence of Social Worlds on Characters and Readers     65
Critiquing Social Worlds through Grappling with Dialogic Tensions     85
Parks's Methods for Teaching Multicultural Literature     105
Identity Construction Congruent with the School World: Corey and Michelle     141
Identity Construction Challenging the School World: Devin and Kayla     171
Identity Construction and Racial Positioning: Kathy and Mai     195
Dialogic Tensions in Classroom Discussions of Three Novels     211
Summary and Implications for Teaching Multicultural Literature     249
References     283
Methods     299
Literature Used in the Course: Recommended Literature     315
Index     319
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