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ERIC Number: ED510000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 232
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-6070-9106-2ISBN-978-1-6070-9106-6
The Struggle for Identity in Today's Schools: Cultural Recognition in a Time of Increasing Diversity
Jenlink, Patrick M., Ed; Townes, Faye Hicks, Ed
Rowman & Littlefield Education
The "Struggle for Identity in Today's Schools" examines cultural recognition and the struggle for identity in America's schools. In particular, the contributing authors focus on the recognition and misrecognition as antagonistic cultural forces that work to shape, and at times distort identity. What surfaces throughout the chapters are two lessons to be learned in relation to identity. The first lesson is that identities and the acts attributed to them are always forming and re-forming in relation to historically specific contexts, and these contexts are political in nature, i.e., defined by issues of diversity such as race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender, and economics. The second lesson presented by the authors is that identity forms in and across intimate and social contexts, over long periods of time. The historical timing of identity formation cannot simply be dictated by discourse. The identities posited by any particular discourse become important and a part of everyday life based on the intersection of social histories and social actors. Importantly, the social-cultural use of identities leads to another way of conceptualizing histories, personhoods, cultures, and their distributions over social and political groups. Contents of this book include: (1) Cultural Identity--Discovering Authentic Voice; (2) Introduction: Cultural Identity and the Struggle for Recognition (Patrick M. Jenlink and Faye Hicks Townes), which includes: (a) Affirming Diversity, Politics of Recognition, and the Cultural Work of Schools (Patrick M. Jenlink); (b) Dialoguing Toward a Racialized Identity: A Necessary First Step in a Politics of Recognition (Kris Sloan); and (c) Misrecognition Compounded (Faye Hicks Townes); and (3) Struggle for Recognition--Embracing Cultural Politics, which includes: (a) Recognition, Identity Politics, and English Language Learners (Angela Crespo Cozart); (b) Identity Formation and Recognition in Asian-American Students (Kim Woo); (c) Curriculum and Recognition (Ray Horn); (d) Extracurricular Activities and Student Identity (Amanda Rudolph); (e) Recognition, Identity Politics, and the Special Needs Student (Sandra Stewart); (f) Athletes, Recognition, and the Formation of Identity (Vincent Mumford); (g) Administrator to Parent Recognition: Treat Me with Respect (Julia Ballenger); (h) Recognition and Parent Involvement (Betty Alford); (i) Student Identity and Cultural Communication (Sandy Harris); (j) Value-Added Community: Recognition, Induction-Year Teacher Diversity and the Shaping of Identity (John Leonard); and (k) Coda: Recognition, Difference, and the Future of America's Schools (Patrick M. Jenlink).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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