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Making Race Visible: Literacy Research for Cultural Understanding


reviewed by Patricia H. Hinchey — 2004

coverTitle: Making Race Visible: Literacy Research for Cultural Understanding
Author(s): Stuart Greene and Dawn Abt-Perkins (Editors)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743917, Pages: 205, Year: 2003
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Readers can be sure that this book delivers on the promise of its title:  this collection of articles does render race visible.  The task is simply stated, much more arduously accomplished.  Despite a flood of research demonstrating pervasive racial influences and inequities, many Americans still believe that our racist past is largely behind us, and that with enough determination and hard work, anyone can overcome obstacles to individual success.  This naive faith in equal opportunity and individual efficacy may be due at least in part to the fact that racial influences, however pervasive and pernicious, remain maddeningly subtle and unrecognized—even among those working toward a more just society.  In direct and compelling refutation to assertions that race has little contemporary effect, and with an unflinching look at some stark contrasts between teachers’ and researchers’ intentions and realities, the wide-ranging set of articles Greene and Abt-Perkins have put together starkly uncovers race as an ever-present variable in all experience, inside and outside of classrooms, at the levels of both... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 901-904
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11263, Date Accessed: 10/23/2014 3:57:32 AM

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  • Patricia Hinchey
    Pennsylvania State University
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    PATRICIA H. HINCHEY is an associate professor of Education at Penn State. Her books include Finding Freedom in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction to Critical Theory; Students’ Rights; and with Isabel Kimmel, The Graduate Grind: A Critical Look at Graduate Education. Her most recent work, Becoming a Critical Educator: Defining a Classroom Identity, Designing a Critical Pedagogy, will be available spring, 2004.
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