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1st Edition

Community Literacies as Shared Resources for Transformation

ISBN 9781138243392
Published December 5, 2017 by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

Through multiple narratives reflecting the complexity of participatory action research partnerships for social justice, this book sheds light on the dialogic spaces that intentionally support community literacies and rhetorical practices for inquiry and change. Applying literacy as social practice, Larson and Moses tell a story of a unique collaboration between community members and university faculty and students, who together transformed an urban corner store into a cornerstone of the community. Building on the emerging field of community literacies, the book captures the group’s active work on the ground and, on another level, how transformation occurred in the dialogic spaces of the research team as it learned to embrace distributed expertise and multiple identities.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: History in The Present

Joanne Larson, George Moses, Wallace Smith, Joel Gallegos Greenwich

Chapter 2. Constructing Our Interdependence Model

Joanne Larson, Courtney Hanny, Joyce Duckles, Joel Gallegos Greenwich, Eric Meyer, Robert Moses, George Moses, Kimberly Jones, Jeremy Smith

Chapter 3. When Theory Met Practice: Methodology in The Versus

Courtney Hanny, Joyce Duckles, Jeremy Smith, Robert Moses, Joel Gallegos Greenwich

Chapter 4. Freedom Ain’t Free … But It’s Worth the Cost

George Moses, Ryan Van Alstyne, Jeremy Smith, Joanne Larson, Brittany Calvin

Chapter 5. We Are "All the Way Live": Reading Community

Joanne Larson, Joel Gallegos Greenwich, George Moses, Robert Moses, Wallace Smith

Chapter 6. Living Up to The Promise: School Connections

Jeremy Smith, Joyce Duckles, Joanne Larson, Robert Moses

Chapter 7. Doing Double Dutch: Rhythms of Transformation Across and Within the Community

Joyce Duckles, George Moses, Ryan Van Alstyne

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Joanne Larson is the Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the University of Rochester, USA.

George H. Moses is the Executive Director of North East Area Development, Inc. (NEAD) and Group 14621 Community Association in Rochester, USA.


"The book vividly describes a collaborative process and significant outcomes it produced. The level of detail and the complexity of the context make this project an essential resource for activists and citizen-scholars desiring to take up this work alongside others."

  Elenore Long, Arizona State University, USA