Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture – Revised edition
Edited By Donna E. Alvermann
Chapter 6: Textual Play, Satire, and Counter Discourses of Street Youth Zining Practices
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TEXTUAL PLAY, SATIRE, AND COUNTER DISCOURSES OF STREET YOUTH ZINING PRACTICES
Theresa Rogers and Kari-Lynn Winters
The term homeless implies something missing. I call it “homefree.”
—MARCIN, FROM ANOTHER SLICE INTERVIEW
Marcin, one of the street youth we met during the course of a year working on a zine project, voices an opinion above that was prevalent among the group. Many of the youth energetically embrace the street culture, at least temporarily, and have much to say to the rest of the world about homelessness. The zine they created, Another Slice, represents this energy and voice. With sophisticated uses of textual play and satire, the zine counters the discourses commonly circulating about homeless people (Hermer & Mosher, 2004).
The work the youth produced in the zine also speaks to the differences in the kinds of literacy practices adolescents are engaged with across more and less formal learning contexts, such as inside and outside of schools (Alvermann, 2001; Hull & Schultz, 2001; McCarthey & Moje, 2001). This chapter extends such observations into the world of some of our most marginalized youth by looking closely at the literacy practices of adolescents and young adults living on the margins of society as examples of powerful cultural productions.
As researchers in the areas of literacy and media have observed, citizens on the margins of society often engage in “tactical” (DeCerteau, 1984) uses of public spaces—creatively...
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