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    Troubling Clarity: The Politics of Accessible Language

    By Patti Lather
    In this article, Patti Lather addresses the call for accessibility and plain speaking within academic writing. She argues the non-innocence of transparent theories of language, and explores the relationship between academic theoretic authority and feminist practices of writing, a relationship that to social change. In the first section, Lather focuses on the politics of language. She grounds her argument in feminist and post modern theory, including the ideas of Derrida, Spivak, Benjamin, and Nietzsche, particularly Nietzche's concept of a text that constructs an audience "with ears to hear." In the second part of the article, Lather reflects on her own experimental approach to writing up research. She discusses the process of creating her book, Troubling Angels, a multiply coded text on women, AIDS, and angels. Lather opens up possibilities for displaying complexities through her experiments with multivoiced text that moves through different registers and that speaks to multiple audiences.

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    Fall 1996 Issue

    Abstracts

    (Li)Ability Grouping
    The New Susceptibility of School Tracking Systems to Legal Challenges
    By Kevin G. Welner and Jeannie Oakes
    Cultural Constellations and Childhood Identities
    On Greek Gods, Cartoon Heroes, and the Social Lives of Schoolchildren
    By Anne Haas Dyson
    Teacher-Researcher Collaboration from Two Perspectives
    By Polly Ulichny and Wendy Schoener
    Troubling Clarity: The Politics of Accessible Language
    By Patti Lather
    "How Come There Are No Brothers on That List?"
    Hearing the Hard Questions All Children Ask
    Kathe Jervis
    Multiple Discourses, Multiple Identities
    Investment and Agency in Second-Language Learning among Chinese Adolescent Immigrant Students
    By Sandra Lee McKay and Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong
    Dominance Concealed through Diversity
    Implications of Inadequate Perspectives on Cultural Pluralism
    By Dwight Boyd

    Book Notes

    An Independent Scholar in Twentieth Century America
    By Vaughn Davis Bornet

    The Deluxe Transitive Vampire
    By Karen Elizabeth Gordon

    Inside the Writing Portfolio
    By Carol Brennan Jenkins

    Fieldwork
    Edited by Emily Cousins and Melissa Rodgers

    The Chicano/Hispanic Image in American Film
    by Frank Javier Garcia Berumen

    Contending with Modernity
    By Philip Gleason

    Computer Programs for Qualitative Data Analysis
    By Eben A. Weitzman and Matthew B. Miles

    The Male Survivor
    By Matthew Parynik Mendel

    In Over Our Heads
    By Robert Kegan

    Technology Education in the Classroom
    By Senta A. Raizen, Peter Sellwood, Ronald D. Todd, and Margaret Vickers

    Spelling
    By Louisa Cook Moats

    A Sense of Self
    By Susannah Sheffer

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