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ERIC Number: ED356448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 11
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Critical Narratives and Labeling Theory: Another Look at Jerry and Charlie.
King, James R.
This paper was written in response to a paper by Jerry Phillips and his daughter, Charlie. Their paper, entitled "Mandated Testing: Lived Situations," was presented at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum, and in it Jerry and Charlie recount the creation and development of a remedial reader, Charlie. One unique aspect of the story is Jerry's dual perspective of professional educator and involved parent. The writing style of the story as Jerry tells it is straightforward, clear, and relentless--the talk of an angry parent. The complexity of the story increases when Charlie begins to interact with her father in the manuscript: her comments, alternating with his critique, play out the themes and issues from the perspective of the victim. It is a complex text, offering interpretive readings from several frames of reference and providing, in Charlie, a case study of R. Rist's labeling theory. First, there is the frame of Jerry's and Charlie's stories as event and content. Second, the structure and organization of the text suggest that the meanings may be deeper than the issues and events themselves. A third way of interpreting the text is as an example of a postmodern report form, or writing that seeks to represent the constructive nature of its own formation. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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