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Critical Pedagogy, Race, and Media
Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education Teaching

ISBN 9781032120553
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
264 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Critical Pedagogy, Race, and Media investigates how popular media offers the potential to radicalise what and how we teach for inclusivity. Bringing together established scholars in the areas of race and pedagogy, this collection offers a unique approach to critical pedagogy by analysing current and historical iterations of race onscreen.

The book forms theoretical and methodological bridges between the disciplinary fields of pedagogy, equality studies, and screen studies to explore how we might engage in and critique screen culture for teaching about race. It employs Critical Race Theory and paradigmatic frameworks to address some of the social crises in Higher Education classrooms, forging new understandings of how notions of race are buttressed by popular media. The chapters draw on popular media as a tool to explore the social, economic, and cultural dimensions of racial injustice and are grouped by Black studies, migration studies, Indigenous studies, Latinx studies, and Asian studies. Each chapter addresses diversity and the necessity for teaching to include visual media which is reflective of a myriad of students’ experiences.

Offering opportunities for using popular media to teach for inclusion in Higher Education, this critical and timely book will be highly relevant for academics, scholars, and students across interdisciplinary fields such as pedagogy, human geography, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, and equality studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Contributors


Jessica Berman


Introduction: Critical pedagogy, race, and media

Susan Flynn and Melanie A. Marotta

  1. Teaching Race in Film: Exploring Birth of a Nation and Django Unchained
  2. Jonathan Wright

  3. Narratives of Institutional Racism and Social Critique in Contemporary UK Television Drama
  4. Teresa Forde

  5. Digital and Decolonial Diffractions of Race and Materiality for (Post)Pandemic Education
  6. Annouchka Bayley

  7. Teaching an Inclusive English Composition Course: The Vampire Genre
  8. Melanie A. Marotta

  9. Refugee 2.0 - (De)constructing race, ethnicity, and identity through digital practices in refugees in  camp settings and in-between places
  10. Claudia Böhme

  11. Countervisual analysis of migrants’ self-representational strategies in contemporary media: A pedagogical and psychological perspective 
  12. Boris Ruzic

  13. Playing Difference: Towards a Games of Colour Pedagogy
  14. Edmond Y. Chang, Kishonna L. Gray and Ashlee Bird

  15. Reading and Writing to Reclaim Humanity: Centering the Ongoing History of Asian Exclusion in America in the (Digital) Age of Covid-19
  16. Kathleen Tamayo Alves

  17. Whose Bollywood is this anyway?: Exploring Critical Frameworks for Studying Popular Hindi Cinema
  18. Shweta Rao Garg


  19. Tribal Ways: How to Teach Indigenous Studies without Textbooks
  20. Brian Wright-McLeod

  21. Colour-Blindness and Neoliberalism in Disney’s Pocahontas
  22. Brennan Thomas

  23. Beyond the Burial Ground: Reflecting on Indigenous Representation in 1970s and 1980s American Horror
  24. Lisa Ellen Williams

  25. Gaming from the margins: Indigenous representation, critical gaming, and pedagogy
  26. Wendi Sierra

  27. Questioning the Drug War Frame: Teaching Mexico’s Violence through Documentary Representations of Race
  28. David Shames

  29. "Chicken Noodle Soup" with Some Theory on the Side

           Kristen Lillvis and Ivy Scoville



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Susan Flynn is a Lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on pedagogy, equality, diversity, inclusion, popular culture and digital technologies.

Melanie A. Marotta is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, USA. Her research focuses on Science Fiction, Young Adult, the American West, American Literature (in particular African American literature), and Ecocriticism.


"Unlike previous periods in human history, as a result of unpresented technological advances in production and distribution, information is available in abundance. But there is a big distinction between ‘information’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘learning’ and if there ever was a need for a book that enables us to navigate the expansive landscape of media, specifically in relation to questions of ‘race’ and education, then this is the one."

Dr Gurnam Singh, Associate Professor of Equity, Coventry University and Visiting Fellow in Race and Education, University of the Arts, London, UK.