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ERIC Number: EJ894111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1555-9734
HOPE, "Repair," and the Complexities of Reciprocity: Inmates Tutoring Inmates in a Total Institution
Carter, Shannon
Community Literacy Journal, v2 n2 p87-112 Spr 2008
This article analyzes one prison literacy program in Texas that trains inmate participants to teach other men and women, likewise incarcerated and often dyslexic, to read and write in English. Noting the regular recurrence of the words "repair" and "hope" in participants' descriptions of HOPE and associated activities, the author makes extensive use of feminist-epistemologist Elizabeth Spelman's theory of "repair" and Paula Mathieu's articulation of "hope" in her attempt to understand the nuances of "repair" and the "hope" it enables/generates behind these prison walls. Finally, given HOPE's configuration as a faith-based program with Christian origins and Carter's own position as a secular academic, the article ends with an extended discussion of the tensions between Bible-based discourses and the academy.
Community Literacy Journal. Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse, DePaul University, 802 West Belden Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614. Tel: 906-370-0206; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas