The Crisis of Meaning: Contests of Meaning in Culture and Education

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The Crisis of Meaning was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Pick up any newspaper and it is clear that the United States is facing a democratic crisis. Recent culture wars and debates about political correctness and culture have illustrated how conventional ...

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Overview

The Crisis of Meaning was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Pick up any newspaper and it is clear that the United States is facing a democratic crisis. Recent culture wars and debates about political correctness and culture have illustrated how conventional definitions of citizenship and national identity have been thrown into question.

Investigating what he views as an inseparable link between culture and politics, David Trend analyzes how notions of patriotism, citizenship, community, and family are communicated within specific public and private institutions. He extends the meaning and purpose of pedagogy as a cultural practice outside the classroom, focusing on political activism in education, the mass media, and the art world.

The Crisis of Meaning supplies a crucial theoretical understanding of the ways in which the pedagogical and political intersect at a variety of cultural sites, as it points us toward a "democratic" process of national identity formation. It is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the connections between education and politics.

David Trend is executive director of the Center for Social Research and Education in San Francisco and also executive editor of the Socialist Review. He is the author of Cultural Pedagogy: Art/Education/Politics (1992).

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  • ISBN-13: 9780816625239
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Pedagogy and Cultural Practice
  • Edition description: Minnesota Archive Editions
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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David Trend is a professor in the Department of Studio Art at the University of California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Crisis of Meaning in Culture and Education 1
2 What's in a Name? National Identity and Media Literacy 18
3 Ordinary People: Material Culture and the Everyday 38
4 A Change of Address: Homelessness and the Politics of Voice 58
5 Look Who's Talking: Contested Narratives of Family Life 75
6 Read My Lips: Bureaucratic Rhetoric and Narrative Authority 91
7 The Color of Money: Cultural Policy and the Public Interest 105
8 Rethinking Media Activism: Why the Left Is Losing the Culture War 122
9 Pedagogy and Ethics: Notes for a Radical Democracy 138
Notes 149
Index 171
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