The Struggle and the Tools: Oral and Literate Strategies in an Inner City Community

The Struggle and the Tools: Oral and Literate Strategies in an Inner City Community

by Ellen Cushman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791439828

ISBN-13: 9780791439821

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores the daily lives of a group of inner city residents, focusing particularly upon their language use and other types of literate strategies used to gain resources, access to social institutions, and respect.

The Struggle and the Tools explores the daily lives and language use of African-American men, women, and children living in an inner city

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Explores the daily lives of a group of inner city residents, focusing particularly upon their language use and other types of literate strategies used to gain resources, access to social institutions, and respect.

The Struggle and the Tools explores the daily lives and language use of African-American men, women, and children living in an inner city neighborhood. Based on three-and-a-half years of fieldwork, this book presents the oral, literate, and analytical strategies (the “tools”) inner city residents use to gain resources, access to social institutions, and respect (the “struggle”). It honors both the types of agency present in the struggle, and the kinds of linguistic savvy present in the tools. It examines the deep games of power they play with their language and social consciousness and characterizes their daily experiences without glorification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791439821
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Notational Devices

1. The Struggle and the Tools

2. Activist Methodology

3. African Americans and Quayville

4. The Language of Eviction

5. Institutional Language in an Inner City

6. "Racism Always on the Front of My Mind"

7. "An Everyday Fight for Us to Get Simple Respect"

8. The Transfer of Language in Gatekeeping Interactions

9. Evaluating the Tools

10. "Your Honor, I Just Can't Control Him Anymore"

11. Language and Power in the Everyday

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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