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    The Politics of Recitation

    Ideology, Interpellation, and Hegemony

    DAVID I. BACKER
    In this article, David I. Backer introduces the politics of recitation as a third realm for research on recitation pedagogy, in addition to process and product. Recitation is the pattern of classroom talk where a teacher asks a question, a student responds to the question, and the teacher evaluates the response. Research on classroom talk shows that this pattern is the dominant script in classrooms in the United States. Revisiting debates among critical theorists of schooling, particularly around the concept of hegemony, Backer argues that the politics of recitation is best understood in terms of interpellation, the concrete occurrence of ideological reproduction. He also maintains that recitation does not interpellate students into a particular category but instead teaches students to become interpellatable to any social category, independent of historical context. The article opens new possibilities for research into the connection between recitation and ideology and describes what liberatory pedagogy can look like.

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    David I. Backer is an assistant professor at West Chester University’s College of Education and Social Work. With a focus on the politics and economics of education, his work has appeared in Educational Theory, Cultural Politics, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Democracy & Education. He is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
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    Fall 2017 Issue

    Abstracts

    How the Word Gap Argument Negatively Impacts Young Children of Latinx Immigrants’ Conceptualizations of Learning
    JENNIFER KEYS ADAIR, KIYOMI SÁNCHEZ-SUZUKI COLEGROVE, and MOLLY E. MCMANUS
    Globalizing Literature Pedagogy
    Applying Cosmopolitan Ethical Criticism to the Teaching of Literature
    SUZANNE S. CHOO
    The Politics of Recitation
    Ideology, Interpellation, and Hegemony
    DAVID I. BACKER
    In Search of Community
    Lessons from Idealized Independence for Adults with Disabilities
    AMY L. BOELÉ
    Teaching Minoritized Students
    Are Additive Approaches Legitimate
    JIM CUMMINS
    Why Education Practitioners and Stakeholders Should Care About Person Fit in Educational Assessments
    A. ADRIENNE WALKER

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