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Literary Practices as Social Acts: Power, Status and Cultural Norms in the Classroom


reviewed by Mary Phillips Manke — 2003

coverTitle: Literary Practices as Social Acts: Power, Status and Cultural Norms in the Classroom
Author(s): Cynthia Lewis
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805836780, Pages: 208, Year: 2001
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Cynthia Lewis spent a year as a participant observer in a combined 5th-6th grade classroom in a Midwestern town.  She looked at how literary practices were developed during the school year.  Her interest was not in the effectiveness of the literacy practices used, but in the social environment where they were played out.  Her analysis of this social context emphasizes the role of socioeconomic class in an environment where the middle and lower middle class seem to predominate.  This in itself makes her work unusual and interesting, since most other qualitative studies that have looked at class as a major analytic category have focused lower on the class spectrum.  After providing what she calls a “social geography” of the classroom and the remarkably stable community that surrounds it, she organizes her discussion according to specific classroom literary practices, including the teacher read-aloud, peer-led and teacher-led discussions, and independent reading.  But in each section her emphasis is on how the students enact their class-based roles in the classroom... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 138-141
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10946, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 1:35:56 PM

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