Harlem on Our Minds Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth

ISBN-10: 0807750239

ISBN-13: 9780807750230

Edition: 2010

Authors: Valerie Kinloch, Gregory Michie

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This text investigates the literate identities and practices of urban youth in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, with a focus on New York City's Harlem neighborhood. The author takes a participatory action approach to define and engage with new directions in youth literacies in socially constructed spaces (i.e., classrooms, gentrifying communities). The author examines connections between race and place by discussing how Harlem youth, teachers, longtime black residents, and new white residents to the area view their role within the gentrification process, with quotes from community members and stakeholders. The active response of youth, via critical literacy/storytelling, in both traditional (print) and multimodal (digital video, etc) forms is investigated, honored, and thoughtfully considered for powerful implications for in-service teaching practice, educational policy, and teacher education. Vignettes, photos, and quotes from students and community members are included throughout.
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Book details

List price: $40.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Apollo, the Cotton Club, and a Lot of Blues: The Making of Harlem's New Literacies
A Second Beginning
A Third Beginning
Harlem on My Mind: Black Lives, Youth Literacies, and Urban Gentrification
Harlem is Home: Introducing Phillip and Khaleeq
Teaching in Harlem: Introducing Ms. L as Teacher
The Old and the New: Introducing Harlem with Ms. L, Phillip Khaleeq
Harlem on My Mind: A Brief Discussion of Research Methods
Local Communities and Literacy Work: Emerging Lessons for Teachers and Researchers
Response: On Gentrification and Community
"My Word's My Weapon": Literacy Learners, Soul Singers, and Street Survivors
Literacy Learners
Soul Singers
Street Survivors
My Word's My Weapon
Response: On Gentrification and Change
Dancing to Different Beats: Surveying a Community at the Crossroads
Dancing
The Drum
The Beats
At the Crossroads
Response: Teaching in the Midst of a Gentrifying Community
Singing in Multiple Keys: Literacy, Race, and the White-ification of Place
"You Gotta Know What I Mean by White-ification": Phillip His Harlem
Taking It to the Street: Egypt, Harlem, and Acts of Place-Making
Changing the (Urban) Narrative of Harlem
Listening to Other Voices: Reciprocal Learning, Critical Literacy
Singing in Multiple Keys
Response: Gentrification in Harlem
Crossing 125th Street: Youth Literacies in 21st-century Contexts
Harlem, Art, and Literacy
Documenting "Harlem is Art"/"Harlem as Art"
Searching for Literacy Apprenticeship Models
Crossing 125th Street
Youth Literacies in 21st-century Contexts
Response: Predators and Victims
Teacher Talk: On Gentrification, Urban Youth, and Teaching as Survival
Teacher Portraits and Perspectives
Lessons from Teacher Talk and Talking with Teachers
Creating Collaborative, Democratic Learning Environments
Response: Teaching, Change, and Youth
A New Literate Tradition: Classrooms as Communities of Engagement
"Take a Stand": Building a Literate Tradition
Enacting a Pedagogy of Possibility in Teaching and Learning
Returning to Harlem: Implications for Research and Teacher Education
Afterword
References
Index
About the Respondents
About the Author
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