Strangers in the Land: Pedagogy, Modernity, and Jewish Experience

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The postmodern moment has meant an unprecedented acknowledgment of the importance of difference and the "other" in the constitution of human identity. Astonishingly, within critical educational studies this has not, till now, included a serious concern with Jews as either an oppressed or a marginalized group. For the first time, in this anthology, a number of leading voices in the field address the nature of Jewish experience and its connections to a radical vision for social and educational change. Bringing together both biography and social theory, the authors explore the "pedagogy" of Jewish experience, in its variety and complexity, and its connections to the transformative or critical visions they hold of education and our world.
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Maxine Greene
Certainly unique in our educational history, Strangers in a Strange Land complicates and enriches what is thought of as the 'American tradition'?not to speak of the 'American dream.' The scholars who tell their stories as Jews and educators come from diverse domains of Jewish culture. They deal differently with the worlds of memory, tradition, religious commitment, and secularism. Some look through the lenses of academic disciplines; others find continuities between the themes of their personal history and a critical pedagogy that informs their practice. Some are touched by an emergent spirituality; others, by renewed affirmation of identity. In no way parochial, this book opens windows on hitherto unknown aspects of American culture, windows Jews as well as non-Jews will find revealing. There are unexpected discoveries to be found in this book. I recommend it for those inside and outside of academe.
Given the postmodern fixation on the "other," it is ironic that the Jewish voice in curriculum studies has remained marginalized. In this anthology of critical studies bridging social theory and biography with multicultural education, 17 leading Jewish contributors seek to correct this oversight in the spirit of (repairing the world). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Introduction: A life on the Fringes - My Road to Critical Pedagogy 1
1 Is that Jewish? History, Politics and Finding One's Way 31
2 Acts of Memory for Creating a Jewish Identity: Learning to Play Countermelody and Develop the 'Weapons of the Strong' 45
3 The Living Text: Literary Pedagogy and Jewish Identity 109
4 Teaching and Learning in a Multicultural World: Who We Are 133
5 On Singing the Lord's Song in a Foreign Land 153
6 "... the word in the world, the world in the word, ourselves in the word": Literature/Jewness/Pedagogy/History 189
7 Being Jewish: A Narrative of Cynicism and Joy 215
8 Mathematics, Critical Pedagogy and the Jewish Question 233
9 On Being a Jew and a Boston Braves Fan: Alone and Afraid in a World I Never Made 251
10 A Curriculum of Courage, A Pedagogy of Inclusion: A Jewish Woman Makes Her Way Through Academia 275
11 Election, Ambivalence, and the Pedagogy of Jewish Particularity 309
12 Being Jewish, Teaching Social Foundations and Studying Race; Some Reflections 323
13 Yizkor 331
Contributors 333
Index 339
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