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Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness

Views from the Past and Present


Virginia Lea, Darren E. Lund and Paul R. Carr

Whiteness is a narrative. It is the privileged dimension of the complex story of "race" that was, and continues to be, seminal in shaping the socio-economic structure and cultural climate of the United States and other Western nations. Without acknowledging this story, it is impossible to understand fully the current political and social contexts in which we live. Critical Multicultural Perspectives on Whiteness explores multiple analyses of whiteness, drawing on both past and current key sources to tell the story in a more comprehensive way. This book features both iconic essays that address the social construction of whiteness and critical resistance as well as excellent new critical perspectives.

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Edited by Annelies Kamp and Majella McSharry

In 2003, Wendy Luttrell posed an important question: what might result if we were able to turn questions of judgement about pregnant and parenting teenagers into questions of interest about their sense of self and identity-making? This book takes up the challenge, offering a re/assemblage of what is, can be and perhaps should be known about teenage pregnancy and parenting in the context of the twenty-first century. The collection presents original contributions from leading commentators in four key contexts: the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland, all sites of elevated incidence of and/or concern around what is commonly articulated as the «problem» of teenage pregnancy and parenting. In offering a multi-disciplinary reading of the narratives of young men and women, this volume engages with the ambiguity shared by all of us in confronting the life transition that is pregnancy and parenting.

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Systemic Collapse and Renewal

How Race and Capital Came to Destroy Meaning and Civility in America and Foreshadow the Coming Economic Depression

Edited by Greg Tanaka

In a time of great US and global social unrest and unravelling, Systemic Collapse and Renewal presents a blueprint for how Americans can respond to that unrest by reclaiming and rebuilding our democracy. Part I traces the deep, underlying sources of the disintegration and collapse. Through storytelling, case history and ethnography, it examines how a small group of people ("elites") used ethnic diversity resulting from a natural pattern of global in-migration to the US as a distraction while they implemented a planned, behind-closed-doors strategy to seize the democracy, ruin the middle class and deprive a once proud people of an expectation that their government will be "by, for and of the people." With the former representative democracy "hijacked" by these moneyed interests, Systemic Collapse and Renewal demonstrates that it remains quintessentially American to believe "there can always be a way out," and that the encroaching acts of fascism by elites can be pushed back and defeated. Tapping into this optimism, Part II of Systemic Collapse and Renewal sets forth a path for democratic renewal. That path begins by examining that which was taken away: the "shared meanings" (or cultural norms, beliefs and behaviors) that are deeply American and can be easily re-taught, celebrated and once again used by Americans to build social cohesion as a country. Departing the recent liberal emphasis on critique and on assigning blame, Part II of Systemic Collapse and Renewal urges a new US educational and social movement based on mutual reliance—and "healing the wounds"—for an increasingly diverse country. Democratic renewal begins with the simple step of sharing our stories and our dreams about how to make a better world.

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Out of K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self)

Black Masculinity, Psychopathology, and Treatment


Steven Kniffley Jr., Ernest Brown Jr. and Bryan Davis

Out of K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self): Black Masculinity, Psychopathology, and Treatment provides a comprehensive analysis of the development of racialized masculinity in Black males. This text explores the current theories related to gender development and racial identity development and their impact on the formation and expression of Black masculinity. Specifically, this text investigates the intersection between Black masculinity development, racial identity, and race-related traumas/stressors. Out of K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self): Black Masculinity, Psychopathology, and Treatment highlights the dual experience of social oppression and cultural identity suppression as the catalyst for the formation of unintegrated Black masculinity, and its subsequent influence on Black male mental health. Lastly, this book provides a comprehensive discussion concerning therapist variables and clinical interventions that can be helpful when working with Black males in a clinical setting.

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Edited by Catherine Schnedecker and Angelina Aleksandrova

Initiative inédite, motivée par l’expression des attentes et besoins concrets des doctorants, cet ouvrage s’est fixé comme objectif de donner aux doctorants en sciences humaines et sociales de fin de 1ère année (et au-delà), un ensemble construit d’outils transversaux, théoriques, méthodologiques et techniques, destinés à faciliter leur parcours doctoral. Il aborde les points-clés du doctorat, des plus connus (écriture scientifique, connaissance institutionnelle) aux moins abordés (la gestion du temps, du stress, de l’image de soi, de l’isolement) en passant par les plus indispensables (exploitation de logiciels de traitement de documents, modalités de travail collaboratif, insertion professionnelle).

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Der Schwelmer Kreis (1952–1975)

Eine deutsch-deutsche Friedens- und Bildungsreforminitiative in den Spannungen des Kalten Krieges – Teil 1 / Teil 2


Jost Biermann

Die Untersuchung rekonstruiert Entstehung und Entwicklung des nach seinem Gründungsort benannten «Schwelmer Kreises» (1952–1975), einer linken, vornehmlich in den 1950er Jahren gesamtdeutsch agierenden Gruppierung von «politischen Pädagogen» aus der Bundesrepublik und der DDR. Auf breiter Basis zuvor ungenutzter Quellen bietet der Autor neue Perspektiven auf die deutsche Teilungs- und Bildungsgeschichte und fragt nach Verbindendem in dieser Zeit der Systemkonfrontation. Er analysiert die West-Ost-Vernetzungen des «Kreises», dessen Schriftzeugnisse sowie seine Veranstaltungen zu friedenspädagogischen und bildungsreformerischen Themen. Die Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des deutsch-deutschen Dialoges im Kalten Krieg stehen hierbei im Mittelpunkt, ohne darüber staatliche Repression bzw. Vereinnahmungsbestrebungen zu ignorieren.

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A Promising Reality

Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba


Venessa Ann Brown and Menah Pratt-Clarke

A Promising Reality: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Culture in Cuba is a compilation of the reflections of a group of chief diversity officers, faculty, and educators from the United States about Cuba. As part of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education delegation to Cuba in July, 2015, A Promising Reality represents a collection of voices, experiences, and perspectives about issues of race, gender, cultural identity, and the African experience in Cuba. Key themes explored include Cuban culture, the Cuban Revolution, politics, economics, education, equity, and social change. Utilizing narrative inquiry, some of the reflections are comparative with the United States, and some reflections focus exclusively on Cuba. The book takes readers on a journey of thought-provoking stories that reflect the excitement, uncertainty, complexity, and promising possibilities on the cusp of changing diplomatic, political, economic, and social relationships between the United States and Cuba. A Promising Reality seeks to broaden the perspectives of its readers regarding US-Cuban relations. This book is ideal for courses on international relations, international studies, international affairs, comparative cultures, political science, education, politics, sociology, history, race, gender, and social justice. It is a must-read for anyone traveling to Cuba as part of study-abroad, professional development, or personal adventure.

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Game-Based Learning in Action

How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches With Games


Matthew Farber

How are expert educators using games in their classrooms to give students agency, while also teaching twenty-first century skills, like empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking? This question has motivated Matthew Farber’s Game-Based Learning in Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches With Games showcasing how one affinity group of K12 educators—known as "The Tribe"—teaches with games. They are transformational leaders outside the classroom, in communities of practice. They mentor and lead newcomers to game-based learning, as well as advise game developers, academics, and policymakers.

Teachers in "The Tribe" do not teach in isolation—they share, support, and mentor each other in a community of practice. Farber shares his findings about the social practices of these educators. Game-Based Learning in Action details how the classrooms of expert game-based learning teachers function, from how they rollout games to how they assess learning outcomes.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned from the best practices of expert educators. These teachers use games to provide a shared meaningful experience for students. Games are often the focal point of instruction. Featuring a foreword from James Paul Gee (Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, and Regents’ Professor), this book comments on promises and challenges of game-based learning in twenty-first century classrooms. If you are looking to innovate your classroom with playful and gameful learning practices, then Game-Based Learning in Action is for you!

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Educating for Sexual Virtue

A Moral Vision for Relationships and Sex Education


Olwyn E. Mark

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is an issue surrounded by controversy and debate, with important implications for the interconnected roles of the state, the school and the home and for the way we understand ourselves, our sexual identity and our personal relationships.

This book charts the development of the moral and spiritual narrative in RSE policy in England. In particular, it expounds and critiques the popular moral narrative of «informed choice»: an approach which advocates providing young people with the maximum amount of information around their sexual choices and defends a view of sexual morality which holds that anything goes, as long as it is in private, between consenting adults and harms no-one else.

Alongside a comprehensive critique of this narrative, the book offers a unique contribution to the ongoing development of the moral and spiritual framework of RSE by presenting a Christian vision of a sexually and relationally educated young person. In particular, this enriched vision explores the cultivation of the virtues of Christian love and chastity.

The findings presented here are highly significant for anyone concerned with developing and delivering RSE within a robust moral framework.

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Gerd-Bodo von Carlsburg

Dieser Band dokumentiert eine Reihe von Beiträgen der XXI. Internationalen wissenschaftlichen Konferenz «Bildungsreform und Lehrerausbildung» zum Thema «Denk- und Lernkulturen im wissenschaftlichen Dialog». Im Fokus standen neue Bildungsstandards für die Hochschul- und Schulbildung. Der Erwerb dieser interaktiven Kompetenzen in der wissenschaftlichen Forschung im Bildungs- und Erziehungsbereich sind Voraussetzung für die Bildung einer Identität, um den Herausforderungen unserer Gesellschaft im kommenden Jahrzehnt gerecht zu werden.

This volume presents a series of contributions from the XXIst International Scientific Conference on «The Reform of Education and Teacher’s Training» on the topic «Cultures of Thinking and Learning in the Scientific Dialogue». The articles consider new educational standards of Higher and Secondary Education. The acquisition of interactive competence in scientific research and the educational sector is a prerequisite for achieving an identity in order to meet the challenges of our society in the coming decade.