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Crafting Critical Stories

Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion, and Voice

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Edited By Judith Flores-Carmona and Kristen V. Luschen

Critical storytelling, a rich form of culturally relevant, critical pedagogy, has gained great urgency in a world of standardization. Crafting Critical Stories asks how social justice scholars and educators narrate, craft, and explore critical stories as a tool for culturally relevant, critical pedagogy. From the elementary to college classroom, this anthology explores how different genres of critical storytelling – oral history, digital storytelling, testimonio, and critical family history – have been used to examine structures of oppression and to illuminate counter-narratives written with and by members of marginalized communities. The book highlights the complexity of culturally relevant, social justice education as pedagogues across the fields of education, sociology, communications, ethnic studies, and history grapple with the complexities of representation, methodology, and the meaning/impact of employing critical storytelling tools in the classroom and community.
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Acknowledgments

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We would like to thank Christine Sleeter for suggesting that we work on an edited book that merged our scholarship. We are grateful to Ellen Correa, who has been instrumental and beyond helpful in organizing this book. Thank you for being a third set of eyes, a great colleague, and amazing friend. Similarly, Falguni Sheth has been a constant source of friendship and wise advice. Professor Rina Benmayor graciously agreed to write the foreword, and we are immensely appreciative of her mentorship, scholarship, and support. We thank the students in our Spring 2012 course for reading the first drafts of chapters, and for their insights on content and relevancy. We are indebted to the contributors in this volume for their patience and hard work on this project. Your chapters are powerful and your pedagogy critical in these shifting moments in education. We thank our families—Rodrigo, Glenn, Ethan and Will—as well as our colleagues and friends for their unconditional support. Gracias. Thank you.

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We dedicate this book to Gabi Do Amaral, a brilliant student and beautiful human being, gone too soon. Judith dedicates this book to her grandmother, Carmen Romero Pérez, one of her first teachers—a wise storyteller. ← xi | xii → ← xii | 1 →

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