What They Don’t Learn in School

Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth

by Jabari Mahiri (Volume editor)
©2005 Textbook XII, 284 Pages


Contributors to this book have illuminated the practices of literacy and learning in the lives of urban youth. Their descriptions and assessments of these practices are anchored in perspectives of «New Literacy Studies». The ten studies explore a number of urban scenes in order to engage, understand, and present multiple youth identities, attitudes, activities, representations, and stories connected to a range of situated, adaptive, and voluntary uses of literacy. The authors use a variety of conceptual and methodological approaches to explicate the various skills, the distinct methods of production or composition, the subjective and collective meanings, the mutable and variegated texts, and the dynamic contexts that urban youth utilize for expression, affirmation, and pleasure. There is a response to each chapter by a major scholar in its area of focus. Together, these studies and responses contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the pedagogies, politics, and possibilities of literacy and learning in and out of school.


XII, 284
ISBN (Softcover)
k-12 minority school system real life social life economy
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004, 2005. XII, 284 pp., 7 ill.

Biographical notes

Jabari Mahiri (Volume editor)

The Editor: Jabari Mahiri is Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture and co-director of the Center of Urban Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Institute, an Executive Committee Member of CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication), and a high school English teacher in the Chicago public schools. Dr. Mahiri is the author of Shooting for Excellence: African American and Youth Culture in New Century Schools, as well as a number of journal articles on the language and literacy development of urban youth.


Title: What They Don’t Learn in School