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.
"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
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
The Expanding Literacies in Education Series features books that highlight the changing landscape and explore new directions and theoretical tools in literacy studies as it is transforming education—including material, embodied, affective, and global emphases; digital and virtual worlds; and transcultural and cosmopolitan spaces. Some books in the series locate emerging literacies in practices that extend or trouble their historical uses and functions. Others cross disciplinary borders, bringing new epistemologies to bear on evolving practices that question the very foundations of literacy scholarship. Polemical and forward-looking, encompassing public and vernacular pedagogies as well as formal education, these books engage researchers, graduate students, and teacher educators with new and emerging theoretical approaches to literacy practices in all of their complexities, challenges, and possibilities.