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Literacies of Power

Literacies of Power
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813322520
  • ISBN: 0813322529
  • Publisher: Westview Press

AUTHOR

Macedo, Donaldo P.

SUMMARY

Challenging conservatives like Allan Bloom and E. D. Hirsch, Macedo shows why so-called common culture literacy is a form of dominant cultural reproduction that undermines independent thought and goes against the best interests of our students. Offering a wide-ranging counterargument, Macedo shows why cultural literacy cannot be restricted to the acquisition of Western heritage values, which sustain an ideology that systematically negates the cultural experiences of many members of societynot only minorities but also anyone who is poor or disenfranchised. Macedo calls on his own experience as a Cape Verdean immigrant from West Africa who had to surmount the barriers imposed by the world's most entrenched monolingual system of higher education. His eloquence in this book is testimony to the very idea that critical thinking and good education are not and must not be culturally or linguistically bounded.Macedo, Donaldo P. is the author of 'Literacies of Power' with ISBN 9780813322520 and ISBN 0813322529.

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