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ERIC Number: EJ1120407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
From a Gangsta to a Spoken Word Poet: The Multiple Identities of Spiritual
Desai, Shiv R.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v48 n5 p799-816 Dec 2016
One's identity is always forming based on past social and cultural experiences. In this article, the author utilizes the notion of identity and figured worlds to capture and discuss the "multiple identities" of Spiritual, an African American male. By illustrating how Spiritual critically analyzed his figured world via spoken word, the author demonstrates the importance of empowering dispossessed youth to be able to critique and examine the material conditions of their lives through "unsanctioned literacies" or "ill-literacies". Therefore, through this case study, the author explains how we can better engage oppressed students through the power of spoken word poetry--which enables them to critically examine their lived experiences, to challenge and question the harsh realities of everyday life, and helps them find their voice.
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Language: English
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