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Dafydd Sills-Jones, Jouko Aaltonen and Pietari Kaapa

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Giving with an Agenda

How New Philanthropy Advocates for the Corporate Reform of Education

Marina Avelar

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Ian Cawood

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Prince & the 1980s Reagan Age

Race, Gender, Sexuality, Class, Nation, & Popular Music’s Transnational Routes

Aaron E. Lefkovitz

This book explores the convergences and divergences between two symbolic cultural figures of the late twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries: Prince, a transgressive artist who consistently crossed popular musical, visual cultural, racial, gender, sexual, and national borders, and Ronald Reagan, the paradigmatic figure of the 1980s conservative turn. The text delineates the ways in which each figure illuminates key themes of the 1980s--from the reaction against the 1960s to its hyper-consumerism. Each chapter focuses on relationships between Prince, Reagan, and the cultural politics of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation, providing broader case studies of the cultural manifestations of each of these categories in late twentieth-century and early-twenty-first century US and transnational cultures. 

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Simon Bennett

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Defining Literacy Standards

Essays on Assessment, Inclusion, Pedagogy and Civic Engagement

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Edited by Ronald A. Sudol and Alice S. Horning

As individual institutions of education at all levels respond to the call for greater accountability and assessment, those who teach literacy face the challenging task of choosing what to measure and how to measure it. Both defining literacy clearly and tying that definition to strategies for assessment are two of many challenges faced by educators, theorists, and members of the public who assume responsibility for assessing literacy as well as developing and improving literacy programs. In a pluralistic and democratic society sensitive to multicultural variation, we need to find our way between the competing needs for inclusiveness and for clear and useful standards. Multiple definitions of literacy raise the issue of whether there can be a standard or set of standards and if so, what they are in an environment of multiple literacies. Indeed, the downside of the defeat of older monolithic notions of literacy is the undermining or at least the questioning of well-established methods of literacy assessment. To some extent, the older methods of assessment have been revised in the light of more expansive definitions of literacy. But will this kind of revision be enough? How are the criteria for judgment to be known and applied? Thus, this volume addresses the problems of assessing literacy development in the context of multiple and inclusive definitions. Each section consists of chapters that deal with the issue of definitions per se, with standards in postsecondary settings, with the K-12 situation, and with alternative, non-school environments where literacy is critical to human functioning in a democratic society.

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No! In Whispers

Dissent Rhetoric in US Culture

Edited by Michele Bottalico

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Hip Hop in Urban Borderlands

Music-Making, Identity, and Intercultural Dynamics on the Margins of the Jewish State

Miranda Crowdus

This book explores the role of Hip Hop in negotiating boundaries of identity in contemporary Israel. Hip Hop emerged in Israel in the early 1990s and is performed by many individuals and groups often divided by conflicting aesthetics, ideologies, positionalities, and national identities. Using an ethnographic, interdisciplinary approach, this text highlights the relationships between Jewish and non-Jewish identities operating in South Tel Aviv in grassroots and commercial Hip Hop initiatives. While this book focuses on one urban area, it addresses broader themes relating to popular music and globalization, including the disjuncture between the day-to-day experiences of practitioners and the ideological projections used to define them.

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Democracy and Education in the 21st century

The articulation of new democratic discourses and practices

Jordi Feu and Òscar Prieto-Flores