ERIC Number: ED540005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
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A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men. Language & Literacy
Kirkland, David E.
Teachers College Press
This beautifully written book argues that educators need to understand the social worlds and complex literacy practices of African-American males in order to pay the increasing educational debt we owe all youth and break the school-to-prison pipeline. Moving portraits from the lives of six friends bring to life the structural characteristics and qualities of meaning-making practices, particularly practices that reveal the political tensions of defining who gets to be literate and who does not. Key chapters on language, literacy, race, and masculinity examine how the literacies, languages, and identities of these friends are shaped by the silences of societal denial. Ultimately, "A Search Past Silence" is a passionate call for educators to listen to the silenced voices of Black youth and to re-imagine the concept of being literate in a multicultural democratic society.
Descriptors: Youth, African American Children, Democracy, Correctional Institutions, Masculinity, Literacy, Racial Factors, Males
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