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ERIC Number: EJ923861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
"Can We Talk about Intimacy?": "The Wire" and a Pedagogy of Testimony and Witness in Urban Classrooms
Dutro, Elizabeth; Kantor, Julia
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v33 n2 p132-160 2011
"The Wire," a critically acclaimed television series on HBO, is one of the latest narratives of urban schools to appear on screen. The series--which unfolded across five seasons and aired its series finale in late 2007--is set in Baltimore and interweaves the stories of inner city residents, particularly a network of characters involved in various levels of the drug trade, the detectives and police officers who pursue and interact with city residents in complex and often problematic ways, and the city power structures and consequential inner workings of city government. Each season focuses on a central theme, while continuing to follow the experiences of a core group of characters. Season four took Baltimore City Schools as its central theme, demonstrating the crucial and complex connections between what occurs in the daily life of classrooms and the education and economic policies, mayoral politics, and law enforcement corruption that surround and impact students and their families, teachers, and the functions of educational bureaucracies. In this article, the authors argue that "The Wire's" representation of students' lives and student-teacher interactions and relationships, when analyzed through the conceptual lenses of testimony and witness, provide insights into the intersections of lives lived within and outside of classrooms that hold promise for the ongoing narratives woven every day by kids and teachers in urban classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland