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A Culture of Refusal

The Lives and Literacies of Out-of-School Adolescents


Brett Elizabeth Blake

A Culture of Refusal is a unique attempt at representing a set of what William Ayers calls «multiply-marginalized» adolescents, situating the voices of migrant and incarcerated youth within out-of-school contexts – in the fields and the streets, and ultimately, in the jails – where these youth live and develop their own cultures of refusal. By exploring and analyzing these environments, this book searches for the ways in which a pragmatic, pro-active response to societal and institutional racism and violence may be nurtured through the adolescents’ own lives and literacies.

BIC Classifications

  • Language (C)
    • Language: reference & general (CB)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Education (JN)
      • Philosophy & theory of education (JNA)
      • Organization & management of education (JNK)
        • Curriculum planning & development (JNKC)

BISAC Classifications

  • Education (EDU)
    • EDUCATION / General (EDU000000)
    • EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education (EDU002000)
  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General (LAN000000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Language & Linguistics (C)
    • Language: reference & general (CB)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Education (JN)
      • Philosophy & theory of education (JNA)
      • Educational systems & structures (JND)
        • Curriculum planning & development (JNDG)