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Urban Literacies:
Critical Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Community

Valerie Kinloch, Editor
Foreword by Carol D. Lee and Arnetha F. Ball
Afterword by JoBeth Allen
Language & Literacy Series
Pub Date: March 2011, 240 pages

Paperback: $40.95, ISBN: 0807751820
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“This volume presents us with guidance rooted in rigorous research, guidance for teachers and teacher education to be empowered to learn from and build upon the linguistic and creative energy bounding on street corners, in community bookstores, out of digital devices, and through Internet airwaves….We are inspired by the scholars in this historic volume who are paving new groundwork for empowering literacies in schools and communities.”
—From the Foreword by Arnetha F. Ball, Stanford University, and Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University

“Kinloch delivers on her promise of ‘theoretically rich and practically sound chapters’ with new research by outstanding scholars, new insights into urban schools and communities, and new recommendations that ring of truth and hope.”
JoBeth Allen, University of Georgia

Urban Literacies showcases cutting-edge perspectives on urban education and language and literacy by respected junior and senior scholars, researchers, and teacher educators. The authors explore—through various theoretical orientations and diverse methodologies—meanings of urban education in the lives of students and their families across three intersecting areas of research: 1) family and community literacies, 2) teaching and teacher education, and 3) popular culture, digital media, and forms of multimodality.

This important volume:

  • Extends the focus on “literacy” to include multiple settings and forms, as well as multiple voices and perspectives.
  • Serves as a model of critical research and an extension of mentoring relationships and collaborative engagements.
  • Includes a “Critical Perspective” section at the end of each chapter in which authors discuss implications, practices, strategies, and recommendations for improving literacy instruction.

Contributors: Stephanie Power Carter, Jamal Cooks, Anne Haas Dyson, Lucila D. Ek, Colleen Fairbanks, Celia Genishi, Juan C. Guerra, Marcelle M. Haddix, Marc Lamont Hill, Korina Jocson, Jung Kim, David E. Kirkland, Kafi D. Kumasi, Margarita Machado-Casas, Guillermo Malavé, Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán, Sonia Nieto, Django Paris, Detra Price-Dennis, Mary Alexandra Rojas, Patricia Sánchez, Peter Smagorinsky, Howard L. Smith, Mariana Souto-Manning, and Maisha T. Winn

Valerie Kinloch is associate professor in literacy studies in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. Her most recent book is Harlem on Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth.

All royalties go to the Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color grant and mentoring program sponsored through the National Council of Teachers of English

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