Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown V. Board of Education / Edition 3

Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown V. Board of Education / Edition 3

by Catherine Jean Prendergast
     
 

ISBN-10: 080932525X

ISBN-13: 9780809325252

Pub. Date: 10/12/2003

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Catherine Prendergast draws on a combination of insights from legal studies and literacy studies to interrogate contemporary multicultural literacy initiatives, thus providing a sound historical basis that informs current debates over affirmative action,

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In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, Catherine Prendergast draws on a combination of insights from legal studies and literacy studies to interrogate contemporary multicultural literacy initiatives, thus providing a sound historical basis that informs current debates over affirmative action, school vouchers, reparations, and high-stakes standardized testing. 

As a result of Brown and subsequent crucial civil rights court cases, literacy and racial justice are firmly enmeshed in the American imagination—so much so that it is difficult to discuss one without referencing the other. Breaking with the accepted wisdom that the Brown decision was an unambiguous victory for the betterment of race relations, Literacy and Racial Justice: The Politics of Learning after Brown v. Board of Education finds that the ruling reinforced traditional conceptions of literacy as primarily white property to be controlled and disseminated by an empowered majority. Prendergast examines civil rights era Supreme Court rulings and immigration cases spanning a century of racial injustice to challenge the myth of assimilation through literacy. Advancing from Ways with Words, Shirley Brice Heath’s landmark study of desegregated communities, Prendergast argues that it is a shared understanding of literacy as white property which continues to impact problematic classroom dynamics and education practices.

To offer a positive model for reimagining literacy instruction that is truly in the service of racial justice, Prendergast presents a naturalistic study of an alternative public secondary school. Outlining new directions and priorities for inclusive literacy scholarship in America, Literacy and Racial Justice concludes that a literate citizen is one who can engage rather than overlook longstanding legacies of racial strife.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809325252
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2003
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,013,499
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Tangled History of Literacy and Racial Justice1
1The Economy of Literacy: How the Supreme Court Stalled the Civil Rights Movement16
2Bakke's Legacy: The New Rhetoric of Racial Justice42
3Desegregation Comes to the Piedmont: Locating Ways with Words58
4Give Me Your Literate: Literacy and the American Dream95
5Literacy and Racial Justice in Practice: High School X120
Conclusion: The Politics of Learning after Brown164
Notes179
References189
Index199

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