Rereading America remains the most widely adopted book of its kind because it works: instructors tell us time and again that they've watched their students grow as critical thinkers and writers as they grapple with cross-curricular readings that not only engage them, but also challenge them to reexamine deeply held cultural assumptions, such as viewing success solely as the result of hard work. Extensive apparatus offers students a proven framework for revisiting, revising, or defending those assumptions as students probe the myths underlying them. Rereading America has stayed at the forefront of American culture, contending with cultural myths as they persist, morph, and develop anew. The tenth edition, developed with extensive input from users, features a refreshed collection of readings with a new chapter that introduces students to one of the most pervasive myths of our time: technological innovation fosters a more equal society. Also in response to instructors' requests for more writing instruction, there are now more questions that help students apply to their own writing the strategies used in the readings.
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Table of Contents
*Asterisks indicate new selections
Chapter 1: Harmony at Home: The Myth of the Model Family
Gary Soto, "Looking for Work"
Stephanie Coontz, "What We Really Miss About the 1950s"
Melvin Dixon, "Aunt Ida Pieces a Quilt"
Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian, "The Color of Family Ties: Race, Class, Gender, and Extended Family Involvement"
*Cris Beam, from To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care
*June Carbone and Naomi Cahn, from Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family
*Sarah Boxer, "Why Are All the Cartoon Mothers Dead?"
Chapter 2: Learning Power: The Myth of Education and Empowerment
*Diane Ravitch, "The Essentials of a Good Education"
John Taylor Gatto, "Against School"
Mike Rose, "I Just Wanna Be Average"
Jean Anyon, from Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work
Malcolm X, "Learning to Read"
Jonathan Kozol, "Still Separate, Still Unequal"
*Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, "
A Prostitute, a Servant, and a Customer-Service Representative: A Latina in Academia"
*William Deresiewicz, "Don't Send Your Kids to the Ivy League"
Chapter 3: The Wild Wired West: Myths of Progress on the Tech Frontier
*Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen, "Our Future Selves"
*Sherry Turkle, "Growing Up Tethered"
*Laurie Penny, "Cybersexism"
*Emily Witt, "Love Me Tinder"
*Charles Seife, "The Loneliness of the Interconnected"
*danah boyd, "Inequality: Can Social Media Resolve Social Divisions?"
Lori Andrews, "George Orwell—meet Mark Zuckerberg"
*Henrick Karoliszyn, "Precognitive Police"
Chapter 4: Money and Success: The Myth of Individual Opportunity
*George Packer, "Sam Walton / Jay Z "
Barbara Ehrenreich, "Serving in Florida"
*Gregory Mantsios, "Class in America — 2012"
*Robert B. Reich, from Beyond Outrage
*Alan Aja, Daniel Bustillo, William Darity, Jr., and Darrick Hamilton, "From a Tangle of Pathology to a Race-Fair America"
Diana Kendall, "Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption"
Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter, "Slavery in the Land of the Free"
Chapter 5: True Women and Real Men: Myths of Gender
Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl"
Aaron H. Devor, "Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender"
*Mona El-Ghobashy, "Quandaries of Representation"
Jean Kilbourne, "Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt: Advertising and Violence"
*Rebecca Solnit, "The Longest War"
Joan Morgan, "From Fly Girls to Bitches and Hos"
Michael Kimmel, "'Bros Before Hos': The Guy Code"
*Ruth Padawer, "Sisterhood is Complicated"
Chapter 6: Created Equal: The Myth of the Melting Pot
*Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations"
*Linda Holtzman and Leon Sharpe, "Theories and Constructs of Race"
*Sherman Alexie, "Gentrification"
Cheryl I. Harris and Devon W. Carbado, "Loot or Find: Fact or Frame?"
*Alex Tizon, "Land of the Giants"
David Treuer, "Rez Life"
*Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carola Suarez-Orozco, "How Immigrants Become 'Other'"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very critically engaging
Writers with different style, and from different personal and professional background, present debatable arguments on several topics. This book is divided in six chapters, which discuss ¿The Myth of the Model Family,¿ ¿The Myth of Education and Empowerment,¿ ¿The Myth of Individual Opportunity,¿ ¿Myths of Gender,¿ ¿The Myth of the Melting Pot,¿ and ¿The Myth of Frontier Freedom.' Although the book is intende for college students, I'd recommend it to anybody interested in critical thinking and writing.