Critical Literacy: Politics, Praxis, and the Postmodern

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Colin Lankshear, Peter McLaren
SUNY Press, 1993 - Education - 443 pages
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Illustrates the differences and similarities between modernist and postmodernist theories of literacy, and suggests how the best elements of both can be fused to provide a more rigorous conception of literacy that will bring theoretical, ethical, political, and practical benefits. Some of the 14 essays are theoretical, other present case studies of

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Critical literacy as political intervention Three variations on a theme
Informing critical literacy with ethnography
Critical literacy and the politics of gender
The challenge of popular education in the Grenada revolution
Words to a lifeland Literacy the imagination and Palestine
Between moral regulation and democracy The cultural contradictions of the text
Literacy and urban school reform Beyond vulgar pragmatism
Literacy pedagogy and English studies Postmodern connections
Feminist literacies Toward emancipatory possibilities of solidarity
Disconnecting literacy and sexuality Speaking the unspeakable in the classroom
Literacy and the politics of difference
Critical literacy and the postmodern turn
Postscript to critical literacy and the postmodern turn
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Postmodernism and literacies
Reading and writing the media Critical media literacy and postmodernism

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Page 13 - The subject is a consequence of certain rule-governed discourses that govern the intelligible invocation of identity. The subject is not determined by the rules through which it is generated because signification is not a founding act, but rather a regulated process of repetition that both conceals itself and enforces its rules precisely through the production of substantializing effects.

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Colin Lankshear, formerly Senior Lecturer in Education at Auckland University in New Zealand, is an educational consultant and writer. He is the author of several books, including, Freedom and Education, Education and Rights (with Ivan Snook), Going for Gold (with Allan Levett), and Literacy, Schooling, and Revolution.

Peter McLaren is Professor and Renowned Scholar in Residence in the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University, and co-director of the Center for Education and Cultural Studies. He is the author of numerous books in education, including Life in Schools and Schooling as a Ritual Performance, and editor with Henry Giroux of Critical Pedagogy, the State, and Cultural Struggle, also published by SUNY Press.

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