In this book the authors describe their strategies for critically reading global and multicultural literature and the range of procedures they use for critical analyses. They also reflect on how these research strategies can inform classrooms and children as readers. Critical content analysis offers researchers a methodology for examining representations of power and position in global and multicultural children’s and adolescent literature. This methodology highlights the critical as locating power in social practices by understanding, uncovering, and transforming conditions of inequity. Importantly, it also provides insights into specific global and multicultural books significant within classrooms as well as strategies that teachers can use to engage students in critical literacy.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Critical Content Analysis as a Research Methodology
Kathy G. Short
Chapter 2 The Critical Reading of Children’s Texts: Theories, Methodologies, and Critiques Clare Bradford
Chapter 3 Examining Displaced Youth and Immigrant Status through Critical Multicultural Analysis
Holly Johnson & Becca Gasiewicz
Chapter 4 Using Intertextuality to Unpack Representations of Immigration in Children’s Literature
Yoo Kyung Sung, Mary L. Fahrenbruck, and Julia Lopez-Robertson
Chapter 5 When Entertainment Trumps Social Concerns: The Commodification of Mexican Culture and Language in Skippyjon Jones.
Carmen M. Martínez-Roldán
Chapter 6 "Having Something of Their Own": Passing on a Counter-Story about Family Bonds, Racism and Land Ownership
Chapter 7 Representations of Same Sex Marriage in Children's Picture Storybooks
Chapter 8 Re-Imagining an Alternative Life after the Darfur War: Writing as Emancipatory Practice.
Chapter 9 The Significance of the Arts in Understanding Social, Historical and Cultural Events
Chapter 10 The Right to Participate: Children as Activists in Picture Books
Kathy G. Short
Chapter 11 Blurred Lines: The Construction of Adolescent Sexuality in Young Adult Novels
Melissa B. Wilson
Chapter 12 A Poststructural Discourse Analysis of Novel Set in Haiti.
Chapter 13 Connecting Critical Content Analysis to Critical Reading in Classrooms
Holly Johnson, Janelle Mathis, and Kathy G. Short
About the Authors
Holly Johnson is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, USA.
Janelle Mathis is a professor at the University of North Texas, USA.
Kathy G. Short is a professor at the University of Arizona, USA.