What They Don't Learn in School: Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth / Edition 1

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Ten contributions from Mahiri (education, U. of California, Berkeley) and his colleagues explore practices of literacy and learning (outside of the classroom) in the everyday lives of urban youth. Drawing upon the ideas of New Literacy Studies, the contributors show how young people create meaning through (for example) voluntary writing, the customization of lowrider cars, and the reading of romance novels. Each chapter is followed by a response from a major scholar in its area of focus. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820450360
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: New Literacies and Digital Epistemologie
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,203,864
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 New Literacies in a New Century 1
2 Street Scripts: African American Youth Writing About Crime and Violence 19
Response to "Street Scripts" 43
3 Devils or Angels: Literacy and Discourse in Lowrider Culture 47
Response to "Devils or Angels" 75
4 Border Discourses and Identities in Transnational Youth Culture 79
Response to "Border Discourses" 99
5 "I used to go to school. Now I learn." Unschoolers Critiquing the Discourse of School 103
Response to "I used to go to school. Now I learn." 119
6 Critical Cyberliteracy: Reading and Writing The X-Files 123
Response to "Critical Cyberliteracy" 139
7 Learning to Serve: The Language and Literacy of Food Service Workers 143
Response to "Learning to Serve" 163
8 Practicing for Romance: Adolescent Girls Read the Romance Novel 169
Response to "Practicing for Romance" 181
9 Negotiating Gender Through Academic Literacy Practices 185
Response to "Negotiating Gender" 209
10 Spoken Word: Performance Poetry in the Black Community 213
Response to "Spoken Word" 243
11 What They Do Learn in School: Hip-Hop as a Bridge to Canonical Poetry 247
Response to "What They Do Learn" 269
List of Contributors 273
Index 279
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