Language, Literacy, and Pedagogy in Postindustrial Societies

The Case of Black Academic Underachievement

By Paul C. Mocombe, Carol Tomlin

© 2013 – Routledge

196 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In postindustrial economies such as the United States and Great Britain, the black/white achievement gap is perpetuated by an emphasis on language and language skills, with which black American and black British-Caribbean youths often struggle. This work analyzes the nature of educational pedagogy in the contemporary capitalist world-system under American hegemony. Mocombe and Tomlin interpret the role of education as an institutional or ideological apparatus for capitalist domination, and examine the sociolinguistic means or pedagogies by which global and local social actors are educated within the capitalist world-system to serve the needs of capital; i.e., capital accumulation. Two specific case studies, one in the United States and one in the United Kingdom, are utilized to demonstrate how contemporary educational emphasis on language and literacy parallels the organization of work and contributes to the debate on academic underachievement of black students vis-a-vis their white and Asian counterparts.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Postindustrial Pedagogy in America and the United Kingdom 2. Black American Achievement and Underachievement in America's Postindustrial Economy 3. Black Underachievement in Postindustrial America: Reevaluating the "Burden of Acting White" 4. Black British Achievement and Underachievement in Britain's Postindustrial Economy 5. The Writing Performance in English of African Heritage Students in Two Urban Environments: Birmingham, England and Kingston, Jamaica 6. Conclusion: Capitalism, Social Class Language Games, and Global Black Underachievement

About the Authors

Paul C. Mocombe is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at West Virginia State University and the President/CEO of The Mocombeian Foundation, Inc.

Carol Tomlinis a former Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. She is now an educational consultant.

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Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU003000
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDU018000
EDUCATION / Language Experience Approach
EDU040000
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects