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Language Across Difference Ethnicity, Communication, and Youth Identities in Changing Urban Schools

ISBN-10: 1107613965

ISBN-13: 9781107613966

Edition: 2013

Authors: Django Paris

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Once a predominantly African-American city, South Vista opened the twenty-first century with a large Latino/a majority and a significant population of Pacific Islanders. Using an innovative blend of critical ethnography and social language methodologies, Paris offers the voices and experiences of South Vista youth as a window into how today's young people challenge and reinforce ethnic and linguistic difference in demographically changing urban schools and communities. The ways African-American language, Spanish and Samoan are used within and across ethnicity in social and academic interactions, text messages and youth authored rap lyrics show urban young people enacting both new and old visions of pluralist cultural spaces. Paris illustrates how understanding youth communication, ethnicity and identities in changing urban landscapes like South Vista offers crucial avenues for researchers and educators to push for more equitable schools and a more equitable society.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Django Paris is Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy in the College of Education at Michigan State University. He was previously on the faculty at Arizona State University. Paris received a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He spent 6 years as an English Language Arts teacher in California, Arizona and the Dominican Republic before entering graduate school. Paris is also Associate Director of the Bread Loaf School of English, a summer graduate program of Middlebury College. He has published research in numberous journals including the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Researcher, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. He has recently published a book entitled Language Across Difference with Cambridge University Press (2011).