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The Struggle for Identity in Today's Schools examines cultural recognition and the struggle for identity in America's schools. In particular, the contributing authors focus on the recognition and misrecognition as antagonistic cultural forces that work to shape, and at times distort identity. What surfaces throughout the chapters are two lessons to be learned in relation to identity. The first lesson is that identities and the acts attributed to them are always forming and re-forming in relation to historically specific contexts, and these contexts are political in nature, i.e., defined by issues of diversity such as race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender, and economics. The second lesson presented by the authors is that identity forms in and across intimate and social contexts, over long periods of time. The historical timing of identity formation cannot simply be dictated by discourse. The identities posited by any particular discourse become important and a part of everyday life based on the intersection of social histories and social actors. Importantly, the social-cultural use of identities leads to another way of conceptualizing histories, personhoods, cultures, and their distributions over social and political groups.
Part 1 Cultural Identity—Discovering Authentic Voice Part 2 Introduction: Cultural Identity and the Struggle for Recognition Chapter 3 Affirming Diversity, Politics of Recognition, and the Cultural Work of Schools Chapter 4 Dialoguing Toward a Racialized Identity: A Necessary First Step in a Politics of Recognition Chapter 5 Misrecognition Compounded Part 6 Struggle for Recognition—Embracing Cultural Politics Chapter 7 Recognition, Identity Politics, and English Language Learners Chapter 8 Identity Formation and Recognition in Asian-American Students Chapter 9 Curriculum and Recognition Chapter 10 Extracurricular Activities and Student Identity Chapter 11 Recognition, Identity Politics, and the Special Needs Student Chapter 12 Athletes, Recognition, and the Formation of Identity Chapter 13 Administrator to Parent Recognition: Treat Me with Respect Chapter 14 Recognition and Parent Involvement Chapter 15 Student Identity and Cultural Communication Chapter 16 Value-Added Community: Recognition, Induction-Year Teacher Diversity and the Shaping of Identity Chapter 17 Coda: Recognition, Difference, and the Future of America's Schools
Posted May 7, 2009