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    Cultural Constellations and Childhood Identities

    On Greek Gods, Cartoon Heroes, and the Social Lives of Schoolchildren

    By Anne Haas Dyson
    In this article, Anne Haas Dyson examines the social and ideological processes undergirding children's use of media symbols, especially the superhero, as material for story construction and social affiliation. Dyson draws upon an ethnographic project in an urban school serving children from different racial and socioeconomic groups. The project focused on children's participation in composing and in dramatic play activities within the official (teacher-governed) and unofficial (peer-governed) school worlds. Dyson uses project data to illustrate children's use of cultural symbols as material for story construction and social affiliation. She then shows, using children's diverse responses to an unofficial performance of a superhero story, how children negotiate with text and each other. Finally, she argues for a literacy curriculum in which cultural symbols are open to playful appropriation and critical examination.

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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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