A Tradition that Has No Name: Nurturing the Development of People, Families, and Communitiesreviewed by Cindy C. Kratzer — 1999
On the surface, A Tradition That Has No
Name might seem a strange book to be reviewed in an education
journal. The book is about mothers--their relationships with each
other, their collective action, empowerment, and transformation
from silence to voice. Yet it has significant implications for how
we educate children, reflect on the institution of schooling, and
conceive our roles and responsibilities as persons in a world
inhabited by other persons. Finally, it has something to say to
each of us, regardless of our job description, gender or parental
Mary Belenky, Lynne Bond and Jacqueline Weinstock have collected
and related the stories of several programs centered around giving
voice to mothers, actually telling "many versions of one story" (p.
4). They have vividly described their Listening Partners research
project, which sought to "bring together socially and often
geographically isolated, poor, rural mothers of preschool-aged
children to work collaboratively in developing their powers of mind
and voice and their skills in fostering the development of others"
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A Tradition that Has No Name: Nurturing the Development of People, Families, and CommunitiesAuthor(s):
Belenky, M. F., Bond, L. A., & Weinstock, J. SPublisher:
Basic Books, New YorkISBN:
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- Cindy Kratzer
World Impact, Inc.
CINDY C. KRATZER is the coordinator for curriculum and staff development for World Impact, Inc., a nonprofit organization that addresses the social, educational, physical, and spiritual needs of people in low-income urban communities. She is also a lecturer within the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary interest is in developing caring community in urban schools.