1st Edition

Whitewashed Critical Perspectives
Restoring the Edge to Edgy Ideas

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ISBN 9780367500962
July 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume examines revolutionary constructs in literacy education and demonstrates how they have been gentrified, whitewashed, and appropriated to lose their revolutionary edge and made palatable for the mainstream. Written by top scholars in literacy education, chapters cover key concepts that were originally conceived as radical theories to upset the status quo—including Third Space, Funds of Knowledge, Culturally Relevant Pedagogies, and more. Each chapter addresses how the core theory was culturally appropriated and de-fanged to support rather than take down racial and societal hierarchies.

Critiquing the harmful impact of watering down these theories, the contributors offer ways to restore the edge to these once groundbreaking ideas, reject racist and assimilationist trends, and support the original vision behind these liberatory theories. In so doing, this volume adopts a truly radical, critical stance that is essential for researchers, scholars, and students in literacy education.

Table of Contents


Editor Biographies

Contributor Biographies

Foreword by Richard Milner

Chapter 1: Introduction

Catherine Compton-Lilly, Tisha Lewis Ellison, Kristen Perry, & Peter Smagorinsky

Chapter 2: Third and Hybrid Spaces in Literacy Scholarship and Practice: They are Different, and their Differences Matter

Peter Smagorinsky

Chapter 3: What the FOK?: An Illustrative Case of How Whitewashing Occurs in Higher Education

Kristen Perry

Chapter 4: Whitewashing as a Scholarly Liability: Racism and Inequity in Family Literacy Scholarship

Catherine Compton-Lilly

Chapter 5: "Stop Whitewashing our Stories:" Counter-Storytelling and Resistance in the Academy and Research

Tisha Lewis Ellison

Chapter 6: Freirean Concepts: Diluted and Damaged

Rocío García-Carrión, Itxaso Tellado, & Maria Padrós

Chapter 7: Put Some Respect on the Theory: Confronting Distortions of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Gloria Ladson-Billings & Adrienne Dixson

Chapter 8: Dialoguing and Personhood

Stephanie Power-Carter and David Bloome

Afterword by Valerie Kinloch

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Catherine Compton-Lilly is the John C. Hungerpiller Chair in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, USA.

Tisha Lewis Ellison is Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia in Athens, USA.

Kristen H. Perry is Professor of Literacy Education and Departmental Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Kentucky, USA.

Peter Smagorinsky is Distinguished Research Professor at The University of Georgia, USA, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.