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Arts, Media, and Justice

Vasudevan, Lalitha / DeJaynes, Tiffany (eds.)

Arts, Media, and Justice

Multimodal Explorations with Youth

Series: New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies - Volume 60

Year of Publication: 2013

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 184 pp., num. ill.
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Book synopsis

In Arts, Media, and Justice, the aesthetic contours of literacies and communication are explored through a collection of chapters authored by educators, emerging and established researchers, youth researchers, and teaching artists whose lives intersect with those of young people inside and outside of formal institutional settings. At the heart of the varied research and curricular projects – ranging from writing workshops and photography walks to a theater elective at an alternative to incarceration program – represented in this volume is the pursuit of play, imagination, multimodal expression. The authors share their experiences working with court-involved youth to explore issues related to justice, community, identity, and representation through engagement with multiple media and modes – including photography, theater, writing, painting, and video.


Contents Lalitha Vasudevan/Tiffany DeJaynes: Becoming «Not Yet»: Adolescents Making and Remaking Themselves in Art-Full Spaces – Kristine Rodriguez Kerr: Writing with Court-Involved Youth: Exploring the Cultivation of Self in an Alternative to Detention Program – Melanie Hibbert: Video Production and Multimodal Play – Ahram Park: A Memorable Walk: The Negotiation of Identities and Participation through Evolving Space – Eric Fernandez: Fear, Innocence, Community, and Traditions – Mark Dzula: An Art Inquiry into a Young Photographer’s Artworks – E. Gabriel Dattatreyan/Daniel Stageman: Stage as Street: Representation at the Juncture of the Arts and Justice – Todd Pate: The Path from the Fear-Based World to the Plain of Creation - A Theatrical Journey of Labor and Identification – Olga Hubard: New Windows into «Museum Art»: Youth as Contributors to Collective Understanding – Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz: Afterword - The Art (and Play) of Alternative-to-Incarceration Programming.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Lalitha M. Vasudevan (PhD in Education from the University of Pennsylvania) is an Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York in the Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education Program. Her publications have appeared in Digital Culture and Education, Written Communication, Teachers College Record, and Review of Research in Education. She is co-editor of Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility (Peter Lang, 2007).
Tiffany A. DeJaynes received her EdD in Communication and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, in the Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education Program. She teaches qualitative research at a public high school in Brooklyn and literacy research at The City College of the City University of New York.


«Through a meshing of public and private worlds, from writing Fanfiction to the improvisation of everyday life events, the work presented in this volume displays a range, and seemingly indefatigable examples of engaging youth in meaningful dis-course about the world around them. The performances use the lan-guages of joy, anger, frustration, vulnerability, and hope to confront stereotypes about people marginalized in American society.» (Yolanda Sealey- Ruiz - Teachers College, Columbia University)
«In Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth, Vasudevan, DeJaynes, and their contributors in effect take as their project to teach us to see more clearly, making visible youthful populations that customarily reside for most people either in the institutional shadows of group homes, the court system, and detention centers, or in the stark light shone by media to feed a societal fascination with youthful deviance.» (Glynda Hull - University of California, Berkeley)


New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies. Vol. 60
General Editors: Colin Lankshear, Michele Knobel