Harvard Educational Review
  1. Rewriting Literacy

    Culture and the Discourse of the Other

    Edited by Candace Mitchell and Kathleen Weiler.

    New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1991. 281 pp. $17.95 (paper).

    The contributors to this book, who include James Gee, Donaldo Macedo, and Jonathan Kozol, explore what it means to be "literate" by pulling literacy development out of the political vacuum where it traditionally resides in the academy and placing it in its historical, cultural, and ideological context. The book is subdivided into four sections: "Literacy, Discourse, and Power," "Multiple Ways of Constructing Reality," "The Politics of Reading and Writing," and "Literacy, History, and Ideology." The chapters provide insight into the relationship between knowledge and power, allowing teachers to develop with their students the necessary practical solutions for eradicating oppressive educational practices that continue to run rampant in schools in the United States.

    This book is a must read for anyone interested in the democratization of school curricula and pedagogy, a process that works to rupture the exclusive practices of traditional education by welcoming diverse histories, experiences, critical thinking, and dissent into the classroom. At the heart of Mitchell and Weiler's vision is the ideal that literacy is no longer a process of containment, but is rather a source for agency and liberation. As part of the "Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series," edited by Henry Giroux and Paulo Freire, Rewriting Literacy: Culture and the Discourse of the Other is a major contribution to the literature on critical literacy.

    P.L.

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    Abstracts

    A Dialogue
    Culture, Language, and Race
    By Paulo Freire and Donaldo P. Macedo
    Navajo Youth and Anglo Racism
    Cultural Integrity and Resistance
    By Donna Deyhle
    Script, Counterscript, and Underlife in the Classroom
    James Brown versus Brown v. Board of Education
    By Kris Gutierrez, Betsy Rymes, and Joanne Larson
    Levels of Comparison in Educational Studies
    Different Insights from Different Literatures and the Value of Multilevel Analyses
    By Mark Bray and R. Murray Thomas

    Book Notes

    Other People's Children
    By Lisa Delpit

    National Issues on Education
    Edited by John F. Jennings.

    U.S. Educational Policy Interest Groups
    By Gregory S. Butler and James D. Slack.

    Education at a Glance
    By the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.

    School Choice
    By Peter W. Cookson Jr.

    Crosscurrents:
    Edited by Lance W. Roberts and Rodney A. Clifton

    Framing Questions, Constructing Answers
    By Noel F. McGinn and Allison M. Borden

    Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

    Changing the Subject
    Edited by Sue Davies, Cathy Lubelska, and Jocey Quinn.

    Rewriting Literacy
    Edited by Candace Mitchell and Kathleen Weiler.

    The Return of the Political
    By Chantal Mouffe

    Black Popular Culture
    Edited by Gina Dent.

    Thirteen Questions
    Edited by Joe Kincheloe and Shirley Steinberg.